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Tenshō-kōtai-jingū-kyō och karmakampen: En dōjō i Honolulu med besatthetsandar, häxeriföreställningar och transdans
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Tenshō-kōtai-jingū-kyō and the Karma Struggle : A Dōjō in Honolulu with Possession Spirits, Witchcraft Ideas and Trance Dance (English)
Abstract [en]

In 1952 a pro-Japanese group in Hawai'i became the religious movement Tenshō-Kōtai-Jingū-kyō, after the arrival of Sayo Kitamura, a charismatic woman from Japan called Ōgamisama. Her teaching was filled with traditional elements, and Japanese imperialism acquired a new form, and became a spiritual world – a world filled with spirits in need of redemption. To dance in an ego-free state and redeem the evil spirits was a goal for her followers, who learnt how to perform the ecstasy dance and to achieve an altered state of consciousness. Some families, though, were suspected of being carriers of evil spirits called inu-gami (dog spirits). This was a relic of witchcraft, and since hatred, jealousy, envy, and other emotional antipathies produced possession spirits among those who refused to accept Japan's position at the end of the war, Ōgamisama – the mouthpiece of The Sun Goddess Amaterasu – was welcomed as a faith healer and face saver.

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2018. , p. 78
Keywords [en]
Japanese New Religious Movements, spirit possession, karma, the Japanese ethos, witchcraft, an altered state of consciousness, role theory.
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156640OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-156640DiVA, id: diva2:1290323
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Science of religion
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Available from: 2019-02-27 Created: 2019-02-20 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved

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