Aum Shinrikyo

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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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A timeline could have noted the controversies surrounding cult violence from Waco to Aum Shinriko, as well as the litigious debates within the American Sociological Association during the 1980s.
In the aftermath of violent tragedies at Jonestown, Waco and in the Tokyo underground, involving the People's Temple Sect, the Branch Davidians and Aum Shinriko, we have grown suspicious of people who set themselves up as gurus and demand slavish discipleship from their followers.