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The ecology of a Japanese religious movement in Senegal

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Abstract

RésuméSukyo Mahikari is a Japanese prophetism born in 1959 based on a purification ritual (okiyoma) and a system of senses borrowed from the Sintam. Senegalese adepts are attracted by its therapeutic aspect because they find a good link with the purification of the bodies. The ideology of the religious movement combines the bodies, the universe, the invisible entities (minds, ancestors, divinities) and nature in an interacting world. The purification of the bodies leads to the purification of the environment and vice versa, which affects the advent of the haven on land expected by the insiders. This article shows how a religious movement offering bodily therapy becomes an environmental actor legitimised by the State by pushing its followers to carry out environmental activities in urban natural areas (cleaning of public spaces, reforestation, restoration of botanical gardens, community-based gardening) according to religious precepts.

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