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Home » 8. Schools, Groups, and Personalities » Modern Sectarian Groups
Ijun
A Shinto-derived new religion from Okinawa founded by Takayasu Ryūsen (1934-). Takayasu was born in the Okinawan city of Naha in 1934 and, from an early age, played children's roles in the Okinawan theatre. It is reported that, while being evacuated to Taiwan near the end of World War II, he experienced sharp physical pain as Okinawa was bombarded by warships. After the war he visited a number of religious movements and engaged in various religious austerities.
       In 1972 Takayasu began religious activities in Okinawa in earnest and in 1980 his movement became registered under the Religious Corporations Law (Shūkyō Hōjinhō). While his movement is based in traditional Okinawan shamanistic beliefs related to noro (i.e. nuru, an Okinawan term for female diviners/priestesses) and yuta (an Okinawan term for shamans), Takayasu also developed a new concept of deity and a new system of belief. In 1992 Takayasu changed his given name from Rokurō to Ryūsen, and in the same year the movement joined the Shinshūren (Federation of Japanese New Religions) and became involved in its overseas activities.
       Ijun's teachings stress worship of the deity Kinmanmon, an Okinawan god and cosmic deity. It also describes the mysterious life force of the universe as an "internal power" (uchina power) and teaches that people must awaken to this power. Most of its followers are Okinawan, but it also has a branch in Yokohama and overseas branches in Taiwan and Hawaii. In 1993 it changed the way it wrote its name, rejecting Sino-Japanese ideograms in favor of the simpler phonetic hiragana script.
       This organization is no longer in existance.
       No address or other data available.

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