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Mokichi Okada



Church of World Messianity


Church of World Messianity


Johrei, Sekai Kyusei Kyo, Igreja Messiânica, ikebana, Naturfarming®


Mokichi Okada (a.k.a. "Meishu-sama") (1882-1955)


Tokyo, Japan (1935)


Atami, Japan


Sangetsu School of Flower Arranging


include Mokichi Okada Association, Johrei Foundation, Johrei Fellowship, Johrei Institute


include Foundation of Paradise


Okada is described by one scholar as occupying the position of "supreme heavenly intercessor, a semidivine figure." He allegedly received a revelation in 1926 and claimed to be a channel of God’s Healing Light (johrei) to remove illness, poverty, suffering, and strife and inaugurate a new age of messianic salvation. Messianity promotes “Seven Spiritual Principles of the Universe,” namely: Order, Gratitude, Purification, Spiritual Affinity, Cause and Effect, Spiritual Precedes the Physical, Oneness of the Spiritual and the Physical. Members are required to install a mitamaya (Sacred Spirit House) -- an ancestral shrine -- in their homes.


Religious scholars identify Messianity as one of several "new" Japanese religious movements descending from Omotokyo. The two sects of Mahikari are derived from Messianity and share its basic beliefs and practices.


800,000 (claimed)


Brazil, Japan, United States


include English, Japanese, Portuguese


www.dci.dk/?artikel=409


www.johrei.com
www.johreifoundation.org
www.messianica.org.br


include Yutaka Tisdall-Yamada
"The Symbolic Image of Ancestors in the Church of World Messianity
" Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (1991)