Sakitsu Village in Amakusa
(Ⅱ) Formation of the tradition of continuing the Christian faith
|In Sakitsu, Hidden Christians were able to continue practising their faith over time by substituting everyday items used in daily life and work for Christian devotional objects.|
Sakitsu Village in Amakusa is one of the four components that are representative villages demonstrating what the Hidden Christians venerated to continue their secret faith. Hidden Christians in Sakitsu continued their religious faith in a unique way, substituting everyday items that were used in their daily life and work in the fishing village for Christian devotional tools during the ban on Christianity. They venerated statues of the Japanese traditional deities Daikokuten and Ebisu as Deus, the God of the Christian faith, and abalone shells that had special significance as their mother-of-pearl patterns were associated with the Virgin Mary. After the lifting of the ban, the Hidden Christians in Sakitsu rejoined the Catholic Church. Beside a Shinto shrine where they had secretly offered prayers during the ban, they built a Catholic church, marking the end of their hiding.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Cultural Landscape of Sakitsu and Imatomi in Amakusa||Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture||Important Cultural Landscape selected by the national government||Firstly in 2011 and additionally in 2012|
＞Sakitsu Village in Amakusa（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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