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Tenrikyo [xxi]

Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


A Japanese faith-healing sect tracing its founding to a female shaman (M iko ) Nakayama Miki (1798–1887), with headquarters at Tenri in Nara prefecture [21: 225–6]. It was made sectarian by the man now regarded as a spiritual co-founder, Iburi Izo [21: 98–100]. The adherents revere both a creator deity, Tenri-O-no-mikoto, and the spot where creation took place. Happiness and prosperity are achieved by mastering human frailties and failures. Work and service in harmony are believed to lead towards reincarnation in a more virtuous state. The sect heads are all descendants of Nakayama Miki. All holders of formal offices connected with the widespread, strongly mission-oriented organization are adherents. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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