Exploring Shinto - Michael Pye

Exploring Shinto - Michael Pye

16. Tenrikyo and Omotokyo in the Context of Kyoha Shinto

Exploring Shinto - Michael Pye

Avery Morrow [+-]
Brown University
Avery Morrow is a doctoral candidate in Japanese religions at Brown University. From 2015-2018 he was a MEXT Scholar in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tokyo. His published research includes "The Power of Writing in Deguchi Nao's Ofudesaki" (2017) and "Boundary Work in Japanese Religious Studies" (2018).


In Japanese religious studies, the Ōmoto and Tenrikyō groups are considered to be archetypical minshū shūkyō, “mass religions.” While they were once thought to be the result of unmediated mystical experiences on the part of their founders that resisted state authority, it is now recognized that both Tenrikyō and Ōmoto developed their teachings and practices through cooperation and communication with Japanese social and legal institutions. Most notably, in prewar Japan, Tenrikyō worked hard to be accepted as a full-fledged Sect Shinto group, while Ōmoto eventually rejected Sect Shinto. However, in postwar Japan, Tenrikyō left the Sect Shinto organization, and Ōmoto voluntarily joined it. A close analysis of the history of these two groups reveals their tangled relationship with the concept of Shinto, which itself underwent major changes during the 20th century.

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Morrow, Avery. 16. Tenrikyo and Omotokyo in the Context of Kyoha Shinto. Exploring Shinto. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 268-303 Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781799604. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39497. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39497. Jul 2020

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