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Reikai
A term that expresses such things as the world of spirits, the afterworld, or the otherworld. It is often used as a contrast to the physical world or the phenomenal world, and has become popularized by the New Religions. Older terms for this otherworld include Takamanohara, Nenokuni, and Yomotsukuni. Within Fukko Shintō (Restoration Shintō), the otherworld began to be expressed through such terms as shinkai (the world of the kami), senkai (the world of hermits and ascetics), yōkikai (the demon world), and yūkai (the unseen world). New Religions such as Reiyūkai (Buddhist-lineage) and Ōmoto (Shintō-lineage) use the all-inclusive term reikai to refer to this otherworld. Both Reiyūkai and Ōmoto produced many splinter groups, and Ōmoto-lineage groups in particular (such as Sekai Kyūsei Kyō, Seichō no Ie, Sekai Mahikari Bunmei Kyōdan, and Shūkyō Hōjin Byakkō Shinkōkai) often make use of other terms that relate to reikai in their teachings. In addition, the word reikai has spread into general usage in recent years.

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