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Article by Alessandro Ballesio published in the Italian national daily ‘La Stampa’ on  1st October 2009

“BRAINWASHED BY DAMANHUR” – Napolitano intervenes

The Head of State: The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to shed light on the situation

Brainwashed by Damanhur - La Stampa - 01/10/2009

Denounced by a father: “My daughter was manipulated”

The story of a man who for three years has fought to get his daughter out of the Community of Damanhur has ended up in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for the attention of the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano.

An ordeal that began in the summer of 2006 when his daughter then aged 24 decided to abandon Friuli, her place of birth for good and enter the empire founded 35 years ago by Oberto Airaudi in the hills of Vidracco. It was then that for ‘Luciano’ (real name withheld), the father of the girl, a Doctor in lower Friuli, the nightmare began.

“In three years I have seen and heard from her only once because they do not allow me to see her, I know she has been manipulated mentally, I am certain that she has been brainwashed by what I define as a mind control cult”.

But the man in his report sent to the District Attorney’s office, to the Head of State, to the Revenue Office and the Military Police also brings other aspects into play: not only mental manipulation but illegal working, tax evasion, dubious real estate operations and Freemasonry. Luciano who has not ceased fighting during the past three years, speaks about young people, “who give everything to the Community passing from one kind of job to another with nothing to show for 25 years of work.“

The Ivrea District Attorney intends to get to the bottom of things even though an official investigation has yet to be opened.

It is not the first time that Damanhur and in particular Oberto Airaudi known as ‘Falco’ (currently under investigation for 2 million euros of tax fraud), unquestioned leader of the Community inspired by the god Horus, has ended up at the center of suspicion, gossip and denouncements. But in thirty years nothing significant has ever emerged. The anti-brainwashing observatory of Giovanni Panunzio has also focused its attention on the empire constructed by Falco and with regard to Airaudi asks: “will the Judiciary stop at the tax evasion or also investigate where all the wealth of the ‘guru’, who has acquired thousands of followers in 35 years, has really come from.”

The Head of State has also interested himself in Luciano’s case and has asked the Judiciary of Ivrea to look into the situation.

“I know my daughter is of age and therefore is free to choose – said the man – but that is not the point, it lies elsewhere: How free was she really and how much was she brainwashed? The only thing I ask is to understand is whether or not what is happening inside is legal, the magistrates have to give me an answer and they have to tell me that mental manipulation does not exist”.

Roberto Sparagio known as ‘Coboldo Melo’ in Damanhur one of the Communities long standing representatives, stated in reply to the accusations:

“Here we go again – Every so often someone begins to talk about cults and manipulation, but nothing of the sort has ever been demonstrated. Everyone here has a mobile phone, access to a computer, participates in social and political activities, our children go to schools in Ivrea or to Turin. If that is not freedom you tell me what is.” Coboldo knows nothing about the case raised by the Doctor from Friuli, “I will find out, we will try to understand what has happened”.

Twenty years ago there was a similar case: at that time the father complained that it was impossible to see his daughter, a minor, who had entered the Community with her mother: it ended nowhere.


Related pages: see complete article in ‘Notes for Journalists and film makers’.


Recent posts from Italian sites – CeSAP – Brainwashed by Damanhur: a letter to the father – Giorgio



Ref: Brainwashed by Damanhur

The article in La Stampa, touches on certain themes that are always discussed but never resolved inside the Community. From illegal working practices (absolutely true, with many testimonies and legal cases in progress), to manipulation and real estate trafficking. And in the various districts, citizens are made to change their legal residency according to indications from managers so that they can have a Mayor from the Community elected to a preselected town, as happened in Vidracco or have the majority on the Council so as to access the resources of the town for the benefit of the Community.

Citizens are offended when there is talk of brainwashing and that is only natural. When you are brainwashed you are never going to admit to it. It is an insult to your intelligence. You are free to choose to stay (under their conditions) or leave (always under their conditions, that is, with nothing).  If you are a young woman and lovely, well, staying in the Community becomes even more complicated. There isn’t one, or maybe perhaps just one, that I know of, who has not been to bed with the leader. It is the least you can do. It is a condition that makes you believe that you are free to choose but because of a series of mechanisms becomes impossible to subtract yourself from. Even worse it makes you feel privileged. Imagine the girl the one the article talks about. She has followed the same identical course as all the others and as a matter of course will now become a monk or in the first reservoir of the Way of the Oracle, which means total abstinence from sexual relations with everyone except Him. It is an unspoken law.

Now everyone is happy. He has been in Viaggio for weeks and he calls them in turns and they return ecstatic, full of love towards their fellow brethren (only Damanhurians, the others obviously not) hoping for a ‘rebirth’ or the same old leap of the People. Runs and historical reruns. The same things over and over again, the same things said over and over again. Once upon a time it was Viaggio in the woods, another Viaggio with Him, other times other things. Always the same method. You are made to believe you have found the right road to enlightenment; you are made to feel that you are important, one of the elect, and you feel pure and you convince yourself that you are right because you believe in him and what he says. Your eyes do not see, only your heart speaks and he tells you that what you are doing will save the world. A self conviction that becomes collective and you do not see and you do not want to see the corruption that lies beneath. It would be a defeat and to this they say. You must conquer the enemy inside of you. “Uncertainty, doubt, adaptability” the Eighth Quest tells you this. Fight the enemy inside of you (that way you will not see the real enemy) and you will be so intent on suffocating your doubts that you will not see what you are really doing. You are slowly throwing away your life.


Posted 03/10/2009 03:38 to the Damanhur forum of www.cesap.net under the title ‘Plagiata da Damanhur’.


Ref: Brainwashed by Damanhur

Let’s imagine.

Let’s imagine that Ivrea’s District Attorney accepts the invitation from the Head of State and opens a new investigative case on Damanhur.

Let’s imagine that he manages to acquire from the Records Office of the Federation of Damanhur, the official list of all the people who have left the Community in the last eight years.

Remember that for every person who ‘abandons’ Damanhur, the Federal office issues a decree of “Loss of Citizenship’.

Perhaps from the testimonies of these people ‘informed of the facts’ some very interesting, little known aspects might emerge publicly of what really lies hidden behind Airaudi and the Damanhur he has created.

Nothing is what it seems.


Posted  03/10/2009 07:55 to the Damanhur forum of www.cesap.net under the title ‘Plagiata da Damanhur’.


Ref: Brainwashed by Damanhur

Let’s imagine Element, let’s imagine and hope that it happens.


Posted  03/10/2009 16:35 to the Damanhur forum of www.cesap.net under the title ‘Plagiata da Damanhur’.


Ref: Brainwashed by Damanhur

The well informed say that Damanhur has immediately requested the right to reply and are threatening…as usual to sue the newspaper!


Posted  03/10/2009 20:33 to the Damanhur forum of www.cesap.net under the title ‘Plagiata da Damanhur’.


Ref: Brainwashed by Damanhur

The right of reply has appeared. A short paragraph in La Stampa, in which the girl makes a statement. Who knows who wrote it for her.


Posted  03/10/2009 21:27 to the Damanhur forum of www.cesap.net under the title ‘Plagiata da Damanhur’.

Written by damanhurinsideout

October 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm

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  1. Damanhur should be closed down. I have been there twice with bad experience. There is no welcome, nothing but a credit card machine waiting for your money. I was very shocked and disappointed after twice making the flight and travel there. I left shortly after arriving.

    Suzy Dior

    September 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm

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