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Although located primarily in Japan, Tenrikyo has a definite evangelical missionary ethic and has achieved considerable geographic spread, with members organized in about 40 countries. Adherents.com does not have statistics for total number of adherents in each country, but the world total is thought to be between two and three million. It is by far the most active non-Buddhist Japanese religion today. Its membership constitutes a distinctive religious culture in which the religion plays an active part in members' lives.

Although Tenrikyo has clear Shinto roots and some Buddhist influences, the organization itself as well as the Japanese government have classified Tenrikyo as a distinct religion for many decades now, and not simply a Shinto sect. Adherents.com lists Tenrikyo as one of the twenty largest "Major Religions of the World"

Besseki pledges are an initial ritual signifying formal conversion to and affiliation with Tenrikyo.

In 1999 in the eleven countries with the most Tenrikyo locations, the total number of Tenrikyo churches, missions, etc. increased in the United States, South Korea and Thailand; decreased in Japan, Brazil, Taiwan and Mexico; and remained the same in Canada, Argentina, Australia and France.



Top 10 Countries with Largest Tenrikyo Communities, 1999
(based on total number of churches, mission posts, etc. in 1999)

Country Churches,
Mission Posts,
etc.
Besseki
Pledges
in 1999
Japan 37,523 20,289
Brazil 383 104
USA 204 80
South Korea 152 368
Taiwan 78 812
Canada 15 5
Argentina 12 6
Thailand 12 71
Mexico 8 3
Australia 8 6
France 8 4

It may also be noted that 78 peopl took the Besseki pledge in China in 1999, but the newsletter did not report the numbers of branches, churches, etc. in China.

Source: January 2000 Tenrikyo newsletter, on official Tenrikyo web site: Besseki pledges from "Statistics on Tenrikyo followers, 1999". Mission, church, etc. data from "A Statistical Review of Tenrikyo 1990"


Top 10 Countries with Largest Tenrikyo Communities, 1998

Country Churches,
Mission Posts,
etc.
Besseki
Pledges
in 1998
Japan 37,719 23,247
Brazil 388 258
USA 199 109
South Korea 150 228
Taiwan 79 872
Canada 15 17
Argentina 12 3
Thailand 11 48
Mexico 10 6
Australia 8 9
France 8 6


Source: Official Tenrikyo web site: Besseki pledges from "A Statistical Review of Tenrikyo 1998: 2 of 2". Mission, church, etc. data from "A Statistical Review of Tenrikyo 1998: 1 of 2"

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