Sun Myung Moon

1920 - 2012

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Sun Myung Moon (Korean: 문선명; Hanja: 文鮮明; born Moon Yong-Myeong; 6 January 1920 – 3 September 2012) was a Korean religious leader, also known for his business ventures and support for conservative political causes. A messiah claimant, he was the founder of the Unification Church, whose members consider him and his wife Hak Ja Han to be their "True Parents", and of its widely noted "Blessing" or mass wedding ceremonies. The author of the Unification Church's religious scripture, the Divine Principle, he was an anti-communist and an advocate for Korean reunification, for which he was recognized by the governments of both North and South Korea. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sun Myung Moon has received more than 2,681,540 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Sun Myung Moon is the 733rd most popular religious figure (up from 782nd in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from North Korea (up from 24th in 2019) and the most popular North Korean Religious Figure.

Sun Myung Moon is most famous for being the founder of the Unification Church, a Christian sect that believes in the unification of all religions.

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Among religious figures, Sun Myung Moon ranks 733 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Leo VIII, Saint Eligius, Maron, Antipope Anacletus II, Mahavatar Babaji, and Patriarch Nikon of Moscow. After him are Frances of Rome, Therese Neumann, Martin Bucer, Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Haran, and Fatimah bint Asad.

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Among people born in 1920, Sun Myung Moon ranks 39Before him are Walter Matthau, Douglass North, Sergei Bondarchuk, John Demjanjuk, Alberto Sordi, and Ravi Shankar. After him are Gunnar Gren, Kaysone Phomvihane, Edmond H. Fischer, Mickey Rooney, Michèle Morgan, and George Porter. Among people deceased in 2012, Sun Myung Moon ranks 33Before him are Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Sven Hassel, Jean Giraud, John Demjanjuk, Antonio Tabucchi, and Ravi Shankar. After him are Larry Hagman, Kiro Gligorov, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Benzion Netanyahu, Lucio Dalla, and Oscar Luigi Scalfaro.

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In North Korea

Among people born in North Korea, Sun Myung Moon ranks 17 out of 162Before him are Kim Jong-suk (1919), Choe Yong-gon (1900), Jeongjong, 3rd monarch of Goryeo (923), Hwang Jini (1506), Kim Hyong-jik (1894), and Choe Ryong-hae (1950). After him are Kim Koo (1876), U of Goryeo (1365), Gyeongjong of Goryeo (955), An Jung-geun (1879), Yeon Gaesomun (603), and Pak Pong-ju (1939).


Among religious figures born in North Korea, Sun Myung Moon ranks 1After him are Francis Hong Yong-ho (1906), and Kim Han-sol (1995).