Inri Cristo

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Inri Cristo
Inri Cristo.jpg
Inri Christ on TV
Born (1948-03-22) March 22, 1948 (age 71)
OccupationReligious (self declared)

Álvaro Thais (Portuguese: [ˈaɫvɐɾu ˈtajs], March 22, 1948), religious leader (although not taken seriously by many[1]), known by his nickname Inri Cristo ([ˈĩʁi ˈkɾistu]). Álvaro is a Brazilian sometimes eccentric known in different parts of Brazil who is presented as the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, even though being discredited by the media and churches. Álvaro was raised in the interior of Blumenau to and became an audio operator to a local radio station. He later went to Curitiba where he became famous as a persona in humoristic television programs, getting to participate in a widely circulated advertising campaign.[2][3][4]

Inri Cristo regularly participates in lively debates with religious figures, such as priest Óscar González-Quevedo (Cristo claims Fr Quevedo is the reincarnation of the Spanish Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada), and also appears in interviews and comedy shows. His provocative statements about evolutionism, vegetarianism,[5] overpopulation, birth control, abortion, atheism, socialism and capitalism, growth of overall disillusionment,[clarification needed] and a potential World War Z have stirred much commentary and controversy.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Inri Cristo was raised by two Roman Catholic farmers of German ancestry, Wilhelm and Magdalena Theiss.[6][additional citation(s) needed]Inri had a humble childhood and studied for about three years at the Adolfo Konder School. He quit studying in order to help his mother, whom he calls "the woman who raised him", with domestic supplies, since his father was retired owing to a work accident.[citation needed]

Since childhood, Inri has claimed to obey a "powerful voice" that speaks inside his head. Obedient to this voice, he left home at thirteen to live independently of his family. In adolescence he worked as a greengrocer, baker, delivery boy, peddler and waiter. Eventually, Inri severed all ties to Christianity, becoming an atheist, until he received what he calls the "revelation of his identity".[citation needed]

Public speaking and religious activities[edit]

In 1969, at the age of 21, Inri began his public life as a self-professed prophet and astrologer, introducing himself as "Iuri de Nostradamus".[7]

In 1971, he began speaking on television, with TV Morena (an affiliate of Brazilian Rede Globo), and this opportunity introduced him to a wider audience. In 1976, claiming to blaze the trail of spiritual transcendence, Inri became vegetarian. In 1977 he lived for some time in Copacabana Palace hotel, in Rio de Janeiro, a part of high society. In 1978, he left Brazil on a tour through Latin America, speaking on radio.[citation needed]

In 1979, obeying the same powerful voice that he claims to have heard since childhood, he underwent a fast in Santiago, Chile. On this occasion, he says, the voice said in a rasping voice, "I am your Father", and revealed itself to be the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob.[citation needed]

This voice, he says, said that he was the same Christ crucified two thousand years ago under Pontius Pilate. It also said that the second letter of his name (the "u" in "Iuri") would henceforth be upside down, making his name "Inri", the acronym for Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum.[8] Inri launched a pilgrimage over many countries, dressed in a white tunic and sandals, announcing that his mission would be accomplished in the dawn of a New Age of peace.[citation needed]

Inri wandered over 27 countries spreading his message. In 1980, Inri was expelled from the United States, from Venezuela and from England. France sheltered him for nine months and even announced in Antenne 2: "Le Christ est revenu sur la terre" ("Christ is back on Earth"). On this occasion, Inri was invited to speak in the Grande École Polytechnique de Paris. Back in Brazil, on February 28, 1982 Inri performed what he calls a "libertarian act". He broke into the cathedral in Belém in Pará state. Accused of profanation and vandalism by the clergy, he was sent to jail for fifteen days.[9][10] On this occasion, he established a new mystical order, SOUST (Suprema Ordem Universal da Santissima Trindade), that he calls the formalization of the promised Kingdom of God on Earth. On April 20, 1982, Inri Cristo officially establishment of SOUST in Curitiba, Paraná, where he remained for 24 years in a "provisional" headquarters.[citation needed]

He has been detained by police more than forty times, owing to his statements and unusual way of dressing.[11][12]

He is often invited to give lectures in many colleges and universities throughout Brazil, and is usually well received by students.[13][additional citation(s) needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Conheça a misteriosa história por trás das seguidoras de Inri Cristo [VIDEO]". Blasting News. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  2. ^ Severo, Antunes (2011-12-27). "INRI CRISTO, a história real de um catarinense fantástico". Caros Ouvintes (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  3. ^ "Inri Cristo deu o que falar nesta semana; como ele se mantém na mídia? | Tribuna PR - Paraná Online". A fama é sua (in Portuguese). 2017-07-28. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  4. ^ "Por que INRI Cristo trocou Curitiba por Brasília". Viver Bem (in Portuguese). 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  5. ^ "Inri Cristo fala ao Vida Vegetariana sobre sua alimentação, vegetarianismo na bíblia e o que come diariamente" (in Portuguese). Vida Vegeteriana. September 6, 2009. Archived from the original on July 21, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Declaration of Wilhelm and Magdalena Theiss, Awakener, page 130.
  7. ^ "As previsões de Iuri de Nostradamus" (in Portuguese). Almanaque Estado do Paraná. December 25, 1977. p. 1. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Yug Yoga Yoguismo, Serge Reynaud de la Ferrière, page 92.
  9. ^ "No presidio, aclamado: "Cristo, Cristo"" (in Portuguese). A Província do Pará. March 1, 1982. p. 7. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  10. ^ A Província do Pará, Advogado vai pedir soltura de Inri
  11. ^ "INRI Cristo é preso pelaa vez" [INRI Cristo is arrested for the 48th time] (in Portuguese). Jornal do Brasil. July 4, 1984. p. 7. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  12. ^ A Província do Pará, Advogado vai pedir soltura de Inri
  13. ^ "Com a palavra, o novo Messias". Campus. Universidade de Brasília. December 20, 2007. pp. 9–10. Retrieved June 28, 2016.

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