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Nikkōkyō
A Shinto-derived new religion whose founder was Teraguchi Kōjirō (1881-1960). Kōjirō's life of faith began at the age of 22 after he experienced a narrow escape from death, and in March 1904 he founded the Nagao-kō (Nagao religious confraternity) on receiving a revelation from a tutelary deity (ubusunagami) called Mozu Hachiman Daibosatsu. People were attracted to him due to his reputation for delivering accurate prophecies. He started to transmit divine messages and to perform magical incantations for spiritual healing, and these have remained important activities of his movement to the present. Teraguchi was arrested, however, due to involvement with the local rice riots of 1918, and from then until the end of World War II he suffered continuing police interference in his movement.
       In 1928 Teraguchi's group built a shrine at its current headquarters and established a graveyard for its members. It also purchased the adjacent Mount Mozu and renamed it Mount Nagao. Under the prewar Religious Organizations Law (Shūkyō Dantaihō) it was affiliated with Shinshūkyō, but after the war it became independent. In 1946 it was registered under the Religious Corporations Ordinance (Shūkyō Hōjinrei) and incorporated under the Religious Corporations Law (Shūkyō Hōjinhō) in 1952.
       The water of a well located on Mount Nagao is considered to be a source of this-worldly benefits (goriyaku), and is employed as holy water (shinsui) by the movement. In addition, the movement carries out various religious events such the Otorikaesai, a festival in which one's sins (tsumi) and pollutions (kegare) are transferred to the kami, and a "pilgrimage of thanks" (okagemairi).
       Headquarters: Osaka Prefecture
       Nominal membership: approximately 8,800 (M)

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