The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth

A decade before his death, Sun Myung Moon—multimillionaire founder of the controversial Unification Church—sent a band of followers deep into the wilds of Paraguay, with orders to build the ultimate utopian community and eco-resort. So how’s that working out? Monte Reel machetes his way toward heaven on earth. (Riccardo Vecchio)

Paraguay

A decade before his death, Sun Myung Moon—multimillionaire founder of the controversial Unification Church—sent a band of followers deep into the wilds of Paraguay, with orders to build the ultimate utopian community and eco-resort. So how’s that working out? Monte Reel machetes his way toward heaven on earth.

Paraguay

Reverend Moon's VIP house at the Victorious Holy Place of Puerto Leda.

(Toni Greaves)


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A local worker cares for the horses.

(Toni Greaves)


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Tools for building Eden.

(Toni Greaves)


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Mister Owada.

(Toni Greaves)


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Mister Auki with his morning catch of pacu

(Toni Greaves)


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The pool is cleaned daily, but the Messiahs rarely use it.

(Toni Greaves)


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Hog heaven.

(Toni Greaves)


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Satellite TV: very popular among the Messiahs.

(Toni Greaves)


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Mister Date (left) and Mister Owada watch the Aquidaban shove off.

(Toni Greaves)


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Mister Date at the wheel.

(Toni Greaves)


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A map of Paraguay with key areas from Monte Reel's trip through the country in search of Reverend Sun Syung Moon's kingdom of heaven on Earth.

(Haisam Hussein)

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