Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

Living Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren


  • Amadeus Valdrigue
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_168-1

Key Information

Sukyo Mahikari was founded on 28 August 1959, by Mr. Kōtama Okada, in Tokyo. Sukyo refers to “the universal laws God established at the time of the Creation, so that all things in the universe can prosper eternally,” and Mahikari means “true light,” the light of God that purifies the spiritual aspect of all things. They aim to establish a civilization on Earth with peace and harmony for everybody.

Historical Development

Mahikari spread from Tokyo to other parts of Japan. It was then introduced abroad: in 1971, entered in Europe and from there it spread to Africa and the Caribbean.

In August 2000, Sukyo Mahikari was one of the co-sponsors of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, held at the UN Headquarters in New York.

In May 2008, the organization participated in the Third Forum of the “Global Network of Religions for Children” (GNRC), which took place in Hiroshima, Japan, with the aim of promoting peace and mutual understanding. Around...


Sukyo Mahikari Kōtama Okada Yoko farming Keishu Okada Hikaru Memorial Museum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculdade MessiânicaSão PauloBrazil