Moon’s “Gigantic white lie”
▲ Mr. Eu, former top UC leader, responding to the interviewer in the garden of his home in Seoul.
Friday Japanese magazine September 3, 1993 (pages 6-7)
Mr. Eu Hyo-min’s significant testimony about the reality of “pikareum” in the Unification Church
During my on-the-ground research in Korea with a former top leader I was told of Sun Myung Moon’s “gigantic white lie”. Mr. Moon is the founder of the Unification Church. Mr. Eu told me: “Sun Myung Moon’s excuses are all lies. The ‘incident’ was all about the women.”
Mr. Eu Hyo-min (aged 72, in the photograph above) stated this as he spoke vehemently, and waved his hands in the air in answer to the questions of journalist Mr. Hagiwara Ryo.
The Unification Church was founded in 1954. Mr. Eu was a member of the leading Unification Church group known as the “36 Blessed Couples.” Of course, Mr. Eu himself was an important leader in the UC, but he left 20 years ago, and now runs a firearms manufacturing company.
Mr. Eu spoke strongly about the so-called “pikareum problem”. Mr. Moon, the founder, was said in those days to restore women believers through an act of sexual intercourse, which was known as “pikareum”. The actor Atsuo Nakamura recently said: “There was a sex ritual called pikareum in Unification Church.” [Mr. Atsuo Nakamura later became a politician, and was elected to the Japanese National Diet.]
The church, on their side, said the story was “groundless”. Recently it has been a hot topic. The Unification Church said: “there is no such thing called ‘pikareum’ in our church, neither is it in our teachings,” and they deny the whole story. The pivotal moment at which “pikareum” became known to the public was due to “the incident”, as Mr. Eu puts it.
But this is an opportunity to discuss “the incident”. In July 1955, a series of rumors which hinted at obscenity successively spread about Mr. Moon, the founder [who was in Seoul], and some Ewha Woman’s University students. Married women were also involved in the rumors. Six church leaders, including Mr. Moon and Mr. Eu, were arrested on charges which included illegal imprisonment [of a female student]. After three-month of investigations and trials Mr. Moon was declared innocent. Mr. Eu was sentenced to eight months in prison. It was the so-called “Ewha Woman’s University incident”.
The Unification Church’s position about this incident is: “the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was arrested on allegations that he avoided the army draft, and of suspected illegal imprisonment. The founder fought the charges on army draft, and at the end of the trial, he was acquitted of both charges. Therefore it was not pikareum,” said Mok Noe-hak 牧瀬学, public relations manager.
He went on to say: “For example, strong evidence that is given to journalists for the absence of ‘pikareum’ is the ‘Ewha Woman’s University incident’. A former member of the church, who published an article on ‘pikareum’ in 1976, was jailed. In 1983 a journalist who wrote about ‘pikareum’ was ordered to pay damages to a church member for damage to their reputation.”
However, Mr. Eu himself was given a prison sentence at the trial. “At the beginning I almost gave testimony against Mr. Moon, but I decided it was not yet the time. I was obstinate. But slowly I opened up and have now given some serious testimonies.”
“Let me give an explanation of ‘pikareum’. Eve, the ancestor of human race, had sex with the serpent in the Garden of Eden and was corrupted. It was the fall of man. So, to restore this fall, it is also necessary to perform sexual intercourse. This is the ‘the Principle of Restoration’ according to the Unification Church. In the church this act is called ‘sex yakuji 性役事 ’. [This means ‘an obligatory or necessary sexual ceremony’.] This is the definition of ‘pikareum’.
“Furthermore, as for the matter of Mr. Moon being found innocent, it was because there were no complaints from these women or their husbands. Therefore the prosecution could only prosecute him for violation of the draft laws because he lied about his age to avoid military service. However, in reality it was entirely a problem with women.”
Mr. Eu gave consent for his testimony to be recorded on tape. Mr. Hagiwara also got a testimony from Mr. Kim Deok-jin (aged 80) about the “pikareum problem”. He was a composer, and was a founding member of the Unification Church, but he is no longer a member. “I inherited the precious blood by doing a sex act with a woman who had done ‘pikareum’ with Mr. Sun Myung Moon. After that I did pikareum with 16 women myself. The women did pikareum again with other men. When I counted, it became a total of 72 people. It was a sex relay.”
The Unification Church claims the “Ewha Woman’s University incident” is evidence against the existence of “pikareum”. Yet these words are coming from Mr. Eu who was directly involved in the incident. His remarks are causing large ripples.
「血分け問題」に重大証言 (The original Japanese text)
The testimony of Moon’s first wife, Mrs. Choi Seon-gil
from the Japanese Magazine, “Weekly Post,” October 8th, 1993
Here is the full magazine article in Japanese:
The testimony of Moon’s first wife, Mrs 崔先吉 = Choi Seon-gil
from the Japanese magazine 週刊ポスト Shūkan Post October 8th 1993