Living Aum Shinrikyō after Leaving It: Time, Emotion, and Community
Erica Baffelli, University of Manchester
October 21, 2020 · 4:30 pm—6:00 pm EDT · via Zoom
Program in East Asian Studies
On March 20, 1995 members of the religious organization Aum Shinrikyō perpetrated a sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway. After the group was put under strict police surveillance, members who used to live in commune took different paths. In this talk looks at the experiences of female former members who decided to leave the organization after 1995 but were unable to completely reject Aum and the lives they had lived inside it. They returned to a life outside the organization, but they have continued to feel different, and to feel differently, from other people.