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Aum Shinrikyo and Japanese Youth - Daniel Alfred Metraux

Aum Shinrikyo and Japanese Youth

Paperback Published: 30th August 1999
ISBN: 9780761814177
Number Of Pages: 130

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Aum Shinrikyo and Japanese Youth offers insights into Japanese spirituality by analyzing the motivations of those who joined the Aum Shinrikyo religious sect. This group attracted worldwide attention after its poison gas attack on the Tokyo subways in March, 1995. Daniel A. Metraux explores the reasons that thousands of Japanese people, many of them youths, joined the sect. He questions why they joined it, what they expected of their membership, and why they stayed involved or left. Metraux finds that most of the members got involved for religious and social reasons and did not partake in the terrorist and criminal activities of the leaders of Aum Shinrikyo. In addition, the author examines how the Aum situation reflects a growing sense of alienation from the traditional Japanese religion and culture among some of the young and middle-aged Japanese people, providing important information about the present status of the Japanese people.

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This book makes a contribution to rounding out the picture of Aum Shinrikyo, and lays the groundwork for future studies of members who stayed or joined Aum after the Tokyo subway attack.--Catherine Wessinger, Loyola University, New Orleans "Utopian Studies "

Aum Shinrikyo and the Aum Generationp. 1
Aum Shinrikyo: Past and Presentp. 9
The Teachings of Asahara and Aum Shinrikyop. 19
Aum's Appeal to Younger Japanesep. 39
The True Believers of Aump. 51
The Voices of Aump. 65
The Farce of the "Great Russian Salvation Tour and Ventures Elsewhere"p. 87
Conclusionp. 99
App. I Cast of Charactersp. 103
Time Line of Events in Aum Historyp. 107
Notesp. 113
Bibliographyp. 123
Indexp. 129
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ISBN: 9780761814177
ISBN-10: 0761814175
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 130
Published: 30th August 1999
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.23