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 and island as their sacred places and the sites on which their ancestors had been martyred.|
Hidden Christians in Kasuga Village continued their religious faith on their own by venerating nature sites as sacred places, such as the mountain that had been regarded as sacred by the pre-existing religious communities and the island where early Japanese Catholics had been executed. Mt. Yasumandake, which had been a sacred site for Buddhists and Shinto practitioners long before the introduction of Christianity to Japan, became an object of worship of Hidden Christian communities. 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 for the baptismal ceremony and other rituals 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. However, this system gradually declined and barely exists in the village any longer.
|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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