Authors : Kosit Phaengsoi , Songkoon Chantachon and Souneth Phothisane
Abstract: The fundamental belief of health care and medical treatment of the people in Northeastern Thailand is deeply connected with buddhism, belief in ghosts, spirits and faith. The drastic change of economics, social and the rapid flow of religious cultures from foreign origins such as the Sekai Kyusei-kyo Religious Movement has influenced the people of Northeast Thailands behavior in healthcare. The influx of external cultures can bring negative impacts to society if foreign customs are not understood and applied correctly. The Sekai Kyusei-kyo Religious Movements knowledge in spiritual healing is a combination of Buddhism Shinto sect and Christianity. The Sekai Kyusei-kyo Religious Movement faith was extended into Thailand formally in 1970 and currently has over 700,000 members. The Groups concepts and practices come from the teachings of Mokichi Okada or Meishu-sama (Enlightened Spiritual Leader) who established the Doctrine to re-create a Messianic Age or Paradise on Earth where there is no suffering, no disease, no sickness and has only peace. The Sekai Kyusei-kyo faith is carried out by 3 activities that include Johrei, Nature Farming and Kado Sangtesu floral arrangement. Many Northeast Thailand people believe in Sekai Kyusei-kyo Religious practices in healthcare and have applied the knowledge in 2 methods: Learning the philosophy and teachings and practicing dharma truths.
Kosit Phaengsoi , Songkoon Chantachon and Souneth Phothisane , 2009. The Application of Japanese Knowledge of Sekai Kyusei-Kyo Religious Movement in Health Care Practices of the Citizens in Northeast Thailand. The Social Sciences, 4: 207-211.