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Competing for the apocalypse: religious rivalry and millennial transformations in a Japanese new religion

Baffelli, Erica and Reader, Ian (2011) Competing for the apocalypse: religious rivalry and millennial transformations in a Japanese new religion. International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 2 (1). pp. 5-28. ISSN 2041-952X

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Abstract

This article examines how one Japanese new religion shifted its orientations and perspectives– notably in millennialist terms – in the late twentieth century, and suggests this may have been influenced by the rivalries and conflicts it had with another millennialist movement in Japan. By examining the rivalry between Aum Shinrikyō and Kōfuku no Kagaku, and by examining how the activities of each impacted on those of the other, we can see how religious groups do not formulate policies and teachings, or amend their perspective on the world, in isolation. We argue that while looking at the prevailing religious trends of any era can help us understand the specific teachings of individual groups, we should also pay attention to the interactions between groups. It also suggests that when we discuss categories and types of millennialism, we should be aware that movements can encapsulate more than one form of millennialism at any one time.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal for the Study of New Religions
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 59304
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2012 08:45
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:15
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59304

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