Rael is the founder and current leader of the UFO religion known as Raelism.
Vorilhon became a sports-car journalist and test driver for his own car-racing magazine, Auto pop. Following an extraterrestrial encounter in December 1973, he formed the Raelian Movement and changed his name to Rael.
He later published several books, which detail his encounter with a being called Yahweh in 1973. He traveled the world to promote his books for over 30 years.