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Old 02-11-2016, 10:54 PM   #1
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Tenrikyo

Hello, friends I came across a system of beliefs a long while before I became Baha'i - Tenrikyo - and read maybe a few sentences on it. It wasn't until now that I have begun thinking about it and getting questions. However, it appears that there is little information that can answer my questions (at least from my research) and I was curious as to if nobody knows anything about Tenrikyo?

Essensially from what I know it started in Japan in 1838, with a woman receiving revelation from God. However when I searched if it connected to any religion in any way (The concept of the next revelation affirming the ones before it; an example being Christianity affirming the events of Judaism) I came up short.

Does anyone know if it has any ties whatsoever to any other religion of God? From what I've heard it's "a form of Shinto with a bit of Buddhism" but then that got me thinking and... well, now I'm rambling :P

I know little of this faith and would like to know more but there appears to be no easily accessible answers at this moment. I'm hoping that some light could be shed on this but I don't know if that will turn out well or not ^^" Thank you!
 
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Old 02-12-2016, 02:03 AM   #2
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I have read that it was a form (or even a re-form) of Shinto, indeed, as it aims to re-vitalize the ritualistic spirit of Japan's religious tradition (re-introdiction of dance, ceremonies, and the like.

But before you delve into it, you need to know that the people living in Far East have a completely different conception of religion from ours. There are no clear boundaries between religions, and there is an active syncretic spirit in motion in these folks.

It seems that in Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Indochina, there was from the 19th oward a wave of religious experiences that ended up in countless new movements based on syncretism. For instance, there is the Cao Dai religion in Viet Nam that is a mix of Catholicism, Spiritism, Buddhism and Taoism. It's also the case of Cheondoism in Korea, which is based on Confucianism and pantheism, and which was founded in the beginning of the 19th century.

In Japan, this effulgence of religious intuitions into organized movements has a name : shinshukyou (the new religions) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_new_religions

The two most famous of them are Tenrikyou, and the Aum Sect (the terrorists who killed people in the Tokyo subway during the 90's).

The Tenrikyo movement is often classified as a cult, so beware. However, it seems that it participated greatly in the popularization of Japanese culture in the West during the 80's. Indeed, their proselytizers made converts in the West, and they spread things like Japanese calligraphy (kakemono ?), cuisine, etc. It seems that in France, they are involved in promoting Japan's gastronomy.

Tenrikyo is part of that messianic effulgence that shook up the world in the beginning of the 19th century, and whose manifestations include the Bab in Persia, Joseph Smith in America, and some others as well.

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Old 02-12-2016, 07:55 AM   #3
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Shoghi Effendi once called Joseph Smith a "Seer" which is different from either a major or minor prophet. I do not know that he touches upon what constitutes a seer, or how often they appear, but the mentioning of one seems to imply that there were and are others.

Perhaps this religious movment was founded by such a seer?
 
Old 02-12-2016, 11:27 AM   #4
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Thank you for such a detailed response, GoaForce I know relatively little about how religion works in that area, and again I'd like to thank you.

And as to (Hopefully I'm spelling this right) Nakayama Miki, also known as Oyasama, being a seer I'm really unsure, but I'd be interested in seeing what would have been said about them. From what I know Oyasama claimed to be a mouthpiece of God, but I don't really know if she related to other religions or referenced any other prophets existing, so I don't know how well that fits in but in a way I guess it makes her message fairly unique :3
 
Old 02-12-2016, 11:33 AM   #5
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And then we have the Taiping Rebellion, a contemporary of Bahá'u'lláh's Manifestation, fraught with claims to supernatural authority, led by a man, who called himself the little brother of Jesus, accompanied by intrigue and bloodshed.

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Old 02-12-2016, 01:59 PM   #6
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It should come as no surprise that there was a frenzy of religious activity mid 19th century
 
Old 02-12-2016, 02:27 PM   #7
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Quote:
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It should come as no surprise that there was a frenzy of religious activity mid 19th century
It wasn't the first time in History that such thing happened.

2 examples :

_Palestine near 0 AD. A lot of Messiah claimants just before and after Jesus.
_6th/7th century BCE. A global messianic effulgence (Buddha, Lao Zi, Jewish Prophets, Socrates, etc.)
 
Old 02-12-2016, 05:21 PM   #8
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Now look at this. It concerns a Swedish religious movement. Not surprisingly, some key events took place in 1844:
The Story of a Great but Pardoned Sinner Told by Himself
 
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