IIAS Newsletter 47 Spring 2008

A global NRM based on miracles: Sukyo Mahikari

Wendy Smith

Mahikari, often classified as one of Japan’s ‘new new religions’, that is, established in the post World War Two era, was founded by Okada Kotama (1901-1974), respectfully referred to in the organisation as Sukuinushisama (Great Saviour). In 1959, Okada received revelations from God commanding him thus: `The time of heaven has come. Rise. Thy name shall be Kotama. Exercise the art of purification. The world shall encounter severe times’ (Okada Kotama 1967).

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