Aum Shinrikyo and the Aum Incident

Martin Repp

in Controversial New Religions

Second edition

Published in print August 2014 | ISBN: 9780199315314
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190258245 | DOI:
Aum Shinrikyo and the Aum Incident

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This chapter presents systematic overviews of Aum Shinrikyo, its historical development, and the significant body of scholarship that has been carried out on the movement. Analyses of Aum Shinrikyo—or Aleph as it is now called—must necessarily come to grips with the task of explaining the 1995 poison gas attack on the Tokyo subway system. This and other criminal acts became known as the Aum incident. The discussion is built around the question: How did a group that began life as a peaceful yoga group transform into an apocalyptic doomsday religion, capable of acts of terrorism?

Keywords: Aum Shinrikyo; religious movements; Aleph; poison gas attack; Tokyo subway; Aum incident; yoga group; apocalyptic doomsday religion; terrorism

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Subjects: East Asian Religions

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