Sun Myung Moon

1920 - 2012

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Sun Myung Moon (Korean: 문선명; Hanja: 文鮮明; born Yong Myung Moon; 6 January 1920 – 3 September 2012) was a Korean religious leader, also known for his business ventures and support for political causes. A messiah claimant, he was the founder of the Unification movement (members of which considered him and his wife Hak Ja Han to be their "True Parents"), and of its widely noted "Blessing" or mass wedding ceremony, and the author of its unique theology 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 1,673,226 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Sun Myung Moon is the 696th most popular religious figure (down from 646th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from North Korea (down from 6th 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 696 out of 2,272Before him are Gemma Galgani, Emma Morano, Jacob Frank, Al-Nasa'i, Adnan, and Apollinaris of Ravenna. After him are Brother Roger, Abdullah ibn Saba', William Tyndale, Gertrude the Great, Nikephoros I of Constantinople, and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

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Among people born in 1920, Sun Myung Moon ranks 40Before him are Helmut Newton, Clarice Lispector, Dave Brubeck, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Alberto Sordi, and Nicolaas Bloembergen. After him are Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Gunnar Gren, Walter Nowotny, Maureen O'Hara, Frank Sheeran, and Ștefan Kovács. Among people deceased in 2012, Sun Myung Moon ranks 37Before him are Hebe Camargo, Rodney King, Dave Brubeck, Antoni Tàpies, Kiro Gligorov, and Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria. After him are Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Eduard Khil, Erland Josephson, Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Antonio Tabucchi, and Rauf Denktaş.

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Among people born in North Korea, Sun Myung Moon ranks 14 out of 109Before him are Injo of Joseon (1595), Kim Jong-suk (1919), Jang Song-thaek (1946), Choe Yong-gon (1900), Kim Koo (1876), and Kim Yong-nam (1928). After him are Hwang Jini (1506), Yeon Gaesomun (603), Yuri of Goguryeo (-38), Kim Hyong-jik (1894), An Jung-geun (1879), and Chung Ju-yung (1915).


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