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Mitamakyō
A Shinto-derived new religion whose founder was Nagata Fuku (1891-1975). Religiously devout from an early age, Nagata made a practice of visiting Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples and sacred mountains. After marrying she was taught a magical incantation for healing burns from her father-in-law. Coincidentally in 1916 her eldest son Tadayoshi (1915-67) had scalding water spilled on him, but Nagata found he was healed when she intoned the magical incantation, and from that time she came to recognize the power of divine spirits. For a while she served as a sendatsu (a pilgrimage guide/group leader in mountain cults) in an Ontake religious confraternity in Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, but she then became a teacher in the church Shintō Tenzen Kyōkai at Ogu in Tokyo, which had been founded by her mother who was affiliated with Fusōkyō.
       After this Nagata moved first to Yokohama and then to Chiba because of her husband's work assignments, and there she embarked anew on proselytizing activities and established a Shintō Tenzenkyō teaching center. In 1926 this facility became affiliated with Ontakekyō. Thereafter, her group gradually grew, in part due to assistance received from her eldest son.
       In 1946, her movement was registered as a religious corporation under the postwar Religious Corporations Ordinance (Shūkyō Hōjinrei), then became independent from Ontakekyō in 1949 under the name Mitamakyō, as Tadayoshi took over as the group's second leader. In 1953 the group was registered as an independent religious corporation under the the Religious Corporations Law (Shūkyō Hōjinhō).
       In 1967 Tadayoshi died, and Nagata Tadashige (1942-) assumed office as its third Superintendent, devoting himself to expanding the movement's facilities. The movement's identity is associated with Shinto mountain cults (sangaku shinkō), but its main activities involve such practices as magical incantations and divination.
       Headquarters: Chiba Prefecture
       Nominal membership: approximately 39,000 (M)

— Inoue Nobutaka
The Headquarters of Mitamakyō.

Chiba Prefecture, 2007

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