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Prophet Motive: Deguchi Onisaburo, Oomoto, and the Rise of New Religions in Imperial Japan

By STALKER

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Nancy Stalker is Associate Professor in the Departments of Asian Studies, and History, College of Liberal Arts.
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In telling the story of Onisaburo and Oomoto, Nancy Stalker not only gives us the first full account in English of the rise of a heterodox movement in imperial Japan, but also provides new perspectives on the importance of "charismatic entrepreneurship" in the success of new religions around the world. She makes the case that these religions often respond to global developments and tensions (imperialism, urbanization, consumerism, the diffusion of mass media) in similar ways.

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