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Aum Shinrikyo

(ˈəʊm ˌʃɪnrɪˈkjəʊ)
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(Other Non-Christian Religions) a syncretistic Japanese cult combining elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, founded by Shoko Asahara in 1986; responsible for a number of murders and in particular a nerve-gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995. Also called: Supreme Truth Cult
[C20: from Sanskrit aum om + Japanese shinri kyo supreme truth]
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Noun1.Aum Shinrikyo - a terrorist organization whose goal is to take over Japan and then the world; based on a religion founded in 1987 that combines elements of Buddhism with Christianity; "in 1995 Aum members released deadly sarin gas on a Tokyo subway train"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
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Yasuo Hayashi, 42, was one of five Aum Shinri Kyo agents accused of being directly involved in the gas attack.
The seven-year-old was abducted on Friday by several people believed to be members of the Aum Shinri Kyo cult.
The chemical weapon attacks allegedly served as an omen for greater disasters, which the Japanese religious cult Aum Shinri Kyo hoped eventually would ignite a world war.