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Aum Supreme Truth (Aum) or Aum Shinrikyo, now formally known as Aleph. A splinter group, formed in 2007, is called Hikari No Wa (Ring of Light).
Aum's stated goal was to survive the "end of days" prophesied by its leader. The group declared its intention to attain control of Japan and then the rest of the world. Successors (or branches), Aleph and Hikari no Wa, acknowledge only spiritual objectives.
Aum's successor groups have about 1,650 followers, according to...
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