Yasuaki Deguchi: The Omoto Religion and Aikido (02)

My grandparents were married on New Year’s Day of the old calendar in 1900. Onisaburo was thirty years old, and Sumi was eighteen. The Omoto sect was still in its infancy, and Onisaburo’s position within it was as yet insecure. Although he was chairman, the religion’s founder Nao went over Onisaburo’s head to dominate the sect. Most of the leading believers were Nao’s devotees, who revered her as “Ogamisama” (Great deity). In this way, the Omoto sect resembled a microcosm of the Imperial system, in which the Emperor is revered as a direct descendant of the deities.

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