Religious violence in contemporary Japan: the case of Aum Shinrikyō

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University of Hawaii Press, 2000 - 304 pages
This study looks at Aum's claims about itself and asks why a religious movement ostensibly focused on yoga, meditation, asceticism, and pursuit of enlightenment became involved in violent activities. Reader places the sect in the context of contemporary Japanese religious patterns, discussing developments in Asahara Shoko's personality and teachings, Aum's millennialism and its developing hostility toward society, and compares Aum with other religious and political movements that turned to violence, both in Japan and elsewhere.

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Compassionate Cruelty and the Cosmic Struggle The Life
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