Cyrus Teed (Koresh)

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Cyrus Teed (Koresh)
Cyrus Reed Teed (Koresh) - portrait.jpg

As pictured in "The Cellular Cosmogony" (1905)

Alias(es) Koresh; "The Messenger CYRUS"; "The Shepherd from Joseph"; "CYRUS, the son of Jesse"
Born 18 October 1839(1839-10-18)
Tompkins, New York
Died 22 December 1908 (69) [1][2]
Estero, Florida
Burial Koreshan Cemetery #1, Estero, Florida — Koresh's "tomb was washed away in the hurricane of 1910 and no longer exists"[2]
Occupation(s) Physician, religious teacher
Known for Koreshan Universology, Concave Hollow Earth theory

Cyrus Reed Teed (October 18, 1839 - December 22, 1908) was an American physician and religious leader, commonly known by his adopted name Koresh (from the Hebrew כורש‎ for Cyrus), for which his teachings, Koreshanity, are named. Among other things, Koresh claimed to be the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah and taught that the Earth was a concave surface that spread out around the universe, encircling the cosmos within like a shell.

Selected Bibliography

Koresh also acted as an editor of The Flaming Sword, a newsletter for devotees of Koreshanity (Koreshan Universology).



  1. "Florida Deaths, 1877-1939," database, FamilySearch ( : 24 December 2014), Teed, 22 Dec 1908; citing Lee, Florida, reference cn229; FHL microfilm 2,116,943.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Cyrus Read Teed, 1908; Burial, , Lee, Florida, United States of America, Koreshan Cemetery #1; citing record ID 48112733, Find a Grave,