Kasuga Village and Sacred Places in Hirado (Kasuga Village and Mt. Yasumandake)
(Ⅱ) Formation of the tradition of continuing the Christian faith
|Hidden Christians concealed their faith in this village by venerating the mountain that had been worshiped since before the introduction of Christianity to Japan and the island on which their ancestors had been martyred.|
Kasuga Village and Sacred Places in Hirado are one of the four components that are representative villages demonstrating what the Hidden Christians venerated to continue their secret faith. During the ban on Christianity, Hidden Christians in Kasuga Village continued their religious faith on their own by venerating nature sites as sacred places, such as Mt. Yasumandake, which had been worshiped by local people long before the introduction of Christianity to Japan. Nakaenoshima Island, where a group of Japanese Catholics were martyred during the early period of the ban, was also venerated, and the Hidden Christians gathered holy water from this site. The Hidden Christian communities in Kasuga did not rejoin the Catholic Church, even after the lifting of the ban on Christianity, and instead decided to continue with their own distinctive religious system, nurtured during the ban. Nowadays, the descendants keep the devotional items and practise their faith individually rather than in an organisational manner.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Cultural Landscape of Hirado Island||Hirado City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Landscape selected by the national government||2010|
＞Kasuga village and sacred places in Hirado（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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