The Japanese new religion Konkokyo, which came to be seen as one of the thirteen Shinto sects, was founded by a Japanese peasant and farmer, Bunji Akazawa (1814-83). Akazawa was given the title Konko Daijin, “Great God of Golden Light.” He mediated to humankind the healing presence of one all-sustaining God, Tenchi Kane no Kami. Today, the tradition has some 500,000 members.