A Japanese member of parliament, Mr Atsuo Nakamura, interviewed Mr Chong-hwa Pak about the “SEX relays” of Sun Myung Moon
▲ Photo of the Unification Church at the time it was founded. Sun Myung Moon is in the center of the front row, Mr. Pak is in the back row on the left.
週刊現代 Shukan Gendai magazine
November 13, 1993 pages 42 to 45
Special discussion: Pikareum. This is the reality of it!!
In the Unification Church I have witnessed all about the “SEX relays” of Sun Myung Moon – Mr. Chong-hwa Pak (former aide to leader Sun Myung Moon)
Mr. Atsuo Nakamura said that the “Mass Weddings are pikareum ceremonies.” On May 31  the Unification Church said his claims were groundless and made a criminal complaint. But now in front of Mr. Nakamura is a living witness to the pikareum.
Mr. Chong-hwa Pak is now 80 years old. He himself was a practitioner of the pikareum (chiwake) sex relay. In fact, he said he was a witness to a situation where Sun Myung Moon did it with a woman.
Nakamura: Up to now, in various places, the core of the doctrine of the Unification Church (Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity) said that to cleanse the blood Teacher Sun Myung Myung had to have sex with the female followers. We have been saying that this is the ritual of “pikareum.”
Mr. Nakamura remarked: on May 31 this year the Unification Church said that on the contrary such a ritual or teachings about it do not even exist, and now they will lodge a criminal complaint against me because of my groundless slander.
However, one of the leaders of the Unification Church, and a founding member, has now given a decisive testimony in this “pikareum” controversy. The words came out of the mouth of a person who was a close confidant of Sun Myung Moon. It is Chong-hwa Pak who is in front of me today.
[After Mr. Pak’s book was published, the Unification Church dropped their case against Mr. Nakamura. It is very interesting to note that Mr. Pak was never sued because of his book, or for any other reason. Shukan Gendai magazine was not sued for this report.]
Mr. Chong-hwa Pak gave an urgent press conference on October 26, 1993.
From left to right: Professor Myeong-hwan Tahk from Seoul (an expert on Korean new religions who has been quoted in media all around the world), the Korean lady who translated, Mr. Hyo-min Eu (one of the first 36 couples of the Unification Church), Mr. Pak, Mr. Atsuo Nakamura (member of the Japanese parliament, novelist and a very well-known actor), Professor Asami Sadao of Tohoku Gakuin University in Sendai (who taught there for more than 40 years) and Yoshifu Arita (at that time a well-known journalist who later became a member of the Japanese parliament). Unfortunately the photograph was damaged when it was cut out of the magazine – see below.
Pak: We also hear in both Korea and Japan, and in other countries, that pikareum does not exist. But the Unification Church is lying about it all. I actually saw Moon do pikareum sex with female followers. Also, on the instructions of Moon, to my great shame, I had sex with female followers. I have obtained testimonies from numerous women followers who had sex with Moon, but in the end they were abandoned by him. They dedicated their bodies and souls to him, and gave their property. Then they were thrown out, discarded, and are now mired in miserable situations. It is totally ridiculous to say pikareum does not exist.
■ Chong-hwa Pak. He is now 80 years old, born in 1913 in North Korea. Mr. Pak was an officer in the military and had to take responsibility for the crimes of his subordinates. In 1949 he was arrested and questioned, and then sent to Heungnam special labor camp in North Korea. There he met Sun Myung Moon (who at the time was known as Yong Myung Moon). He was serving a five-year prison sentence for disturbing the social order. Thereafter Mr. Pak came to know Moon and quickly became a devoted follower, pledging to be his disciple for life. He was a Unification Church founder member. Mr. Pak worked as his right-hand man, and to support the church financially, with the goal of building an ideal society. But later Moon excluded him from activities, and Mr. Pak questioned the teachings and in about 1962 became estranged from the Unification Church. In 1983 he was suddenly asked to come back to the Unification Church and to visit Japan and give a talk there as a living witness to the “impressive story of Sun Myung Moon.” However, Mr. Pak has now decided to write this book, ‘The Tragedy of the Six Marys’ (published by Constant Friend Publishing) even if it was like writing his last will and testament.
Nakamura: Mr. Pak, in 1949 you met Moon for the first time behind prison bars, but had Moon been imprisoned before that for doing pikareum?
Pak: Because that was before I met him, I did not experience or witness it myself from that time. Later, when I encountered Moon he was doing it, and also I heard testimonies from women who had been his partners, and I heard it directly from Moon’s mouth. I can say it was true.
“He was rolling around in the home of a married woman.”
Nakamura: Please tell us more concretely.
Pak: In 1946 Moon received a revelation from God and crossed into North Korea, abandoning his wife and child. He said he went there to evangelize. He taught his principles and gathered several women followers. He told the women if they believed in the principle, there is no salvation unless they kept their position with Moon, even if it was not pleasant.
One such person was a married woman called Chong-hwa Kim. It is unbelievable, but Moon lived in Chong-hwa Kim’s home. Her husband and three children also lived there. Moon began cohabiting with her as if it was acceptable, or even a good thing to do, even though she was married. He started making preparations for a marriage ceremony. He was rolling around in there with Kim in the middle of the night. Then there was a fuss about it…
Nakamura: Because of that incident, in 1948, Moon ended up imprisoned in Heungnam special labor camp.
Pak: Yes. Because of this uproar the local residents notified the police who arrested Moon, and he was sent to the camp. At the time, Moon was strongly and deeply attached to Mrs. Kim. When I was discharged from prison before him, Moon asked me to contact her and he gave me instructions to give her.
Nakamura: And after your release did you meet Kim?
Pak: I did not meet her straight after my release, but soon I went to visit her. Later, I met her [in Seoul] and we talked. I asked her and she admitted, at that time, she had sex with Moon. She spoke to me with tears streaming down her face: “I committed a crime that is not permitted, even if I confess it until the day I die. Moon is a big satan. I hate him so much I want to kill him.” However, she was not the only married woman who was a victim – there were other women.
■ Why did Sun Myung Moon choose married women, one after the other, to be “Six Marys”? Was it “sex evangelism”? According to Mr. Pak’s book, the reason is Moon preached a peculiar interpretation of Christianity. Adam and Eve were the first human beings. Eve had sex with Satan and so all mankind became descendants of the devil. Therefore God sent Jesus Christ to earth as the second Adam. The mission of Christ was to take Eve back from Satan who had stolen her. To do this Christ must have sexual intercourse with six married women, including Mary his own mother, in order to cleanse the blood. (Moon called it “the return.”) But Jesus Christ left this world having failed to save even one married woman by doing “the return” [pikareum] with them. So God sent Sun Myung Moon to earth as the third Adam. His mission was to cleanse the blood of six married women, namely the Six Marys. This was to be done by sexual intercourse with Moon three times [formation, growth and completion]. Through a kind of relay sexual intercourse with these Marys, humankind could be cleansed and saved and brought back to God’s side for the first time. It was Moon who preached this “Principle” to Mr. Pak.
Nakamura: Now you say Six Marys, but Moon also took away many other wives.
Pak: He did take them away. I escaped from North Korea to the South and later I moved to Pusan. I can assert the following things. I can assure you that Moon clearly said to me that he wanted to carry out the Six Mary [providence]. However, in fact it was not just six. Moon might say “You’re one of the Six Marys” but he went on to change the women one after another. Most of the women were whispering that only wealthy women ever became one of the Six Marys, such as the wives of men with property. In other words, it was money that Moon was looking for. At that time there were many female followers who said, “I am Mary,” “I am also a Mary.” There were actually about 60 Marys.
Nakamura: Mr. Pak, when did you actually witness, with your own eyes, the return ceremony, the so-called pikareum?
Pak: In 1954 the Unification Church was founded in Seoul. At that time I was living together with Moon and the Six Marys – who had received “the return” – and other founding members.
This is the first of two parts of the translation of the Japanese article.
The concluding part of the interview is here:
The complete article in Japanese can be found here:
Moon’s own words: “There was a woman who was an important figure in the providence. I visited her house for a year and a half and witnessed to her husband and all the other members of her family. The husband might have wanted to kill me, but he couldn’t do anything.”
The wedding of Moon and Mrs. Chong-hwa Kim was originally scheduled for March 1, 1948, (lunar calendar) but Moon decided to have it on Sunday February 22. The March date is confirmed by three people: Se-hyun Ok, Jin-Hun Yong and Michael Breen.
Moon: “…they decided to report me to the authorities. This is how I came to be jailed for a third time in my life. This occurred at 10:00 AM on February 22, 1948.”
Moon asked Mr. Pak Chong-hwa to go and visit Mrs Kim in Seoul seven times. Finally Moon accepted that she would not return. (Michael Breen, Sun Myung Moon, the early years, page 182.)
Mr. Pak: “It was because of the incident with the married woman, Kim Chong-hwa, that Sun Myung Moon was imprisoned. When I was released from Heungnam prison, [around August 1, 1950] before Mr. Moon was released, he said to me “Go and visit the home of Kim Chong-hwa in the Kyongchang-ri neighborhood of Pyongyang, and tell her that I am cheerful and hopeful and I want her to wait there.”
Moon with different sets of Six Marys – it was tragic for those who were replaced.
The tears and anger of Mrs Chong-hwa Kim
Shin-hee Eu’s ‘pikareum with Moon’ testimony.
Moon had sex ceremonies with the wives of all the first 36 couples.
Interview with Moon’s first wife (and Deuk-jin Kim):