Oberto Airaudi

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Oberto Airaudi (29 May 1950 – 24 June 2013) was an Italian philosopher and artist, who founded the Federation of Damanhur. Airaudi also went by the name of Falco (Hawk), based on the Damanhur practice of adopting animal names. He was born in Balangero, near Turin, Italy.

In 1975, Airaudi and a group of about 25 other people founded the Federation of Damanhur, a New Age commune and eco-village. Beginning in 1978, Airaudi directed construction of the underground facility the Temples of Humankind. Initially in secret, the Temples become public knowledge in 1992, when a former member sued to regain his possessions from the group. Prior to founding the community, he had worked as an insurance agent.[1]

Airaudi died of illness.[2]


  1. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (26 July 2000). "Baldissero Canavese Journal; New-Age Commune Is Into Crafts and Time Travel". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Morto Falco Oberto Airaudi, fondatore di Damanhur "Morto Falco Oberto Airaudi, il fondatore della federazione di Damanhur". Torino Today (in Italian). 25 June 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 


  • Ananas, Esperide (2006). Damanhur: The Temples of Humankind. New York: CoSM Press. ISBN 1-55643-577-0. 
  • Merrifield, Jeff (2006). Damanhur: The Story of the Extraordinary Italian Artistic Community. Santa Cruz: Hanford Mead Publishers. ISBN 1-59275-010-9. 


  • Dying to Learn: First Book of the Initiate. Oberto Airaudi with a Foreword by Laura M. George (Revised English Ed. 2012). The Oracle Institute: ISBN 978-1-937465-018
  • Reborn to Live: Second Book of the Initiate. Oberto Airaudi with a Foreword by Alex Grey (Revised English Ed. 2013). The Oracle Institute: ISBN 978-1-937465-056.
  • Seven Scarlet Doors: Third Book of the Initiate. Oberto Airaudi with a Foreword by Barbara Marx Hubbard (Revised English Ed. 2013). The Oracle Institute: ISBN 978-1-937465-094
  • Bral Talej: Divination Cards. Oberto Airaudi and Shama Viola (2011). The Oracle Institute: UPC 8032937910017

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