Sakitsu Village in Amakusa
(Ⅱ) Formation of the tradition of continuing the Christian faith
|In this fishing village, 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.|
Hidden Christians in Sakitsu Village in Amakusa concealed their faith by substituting everyday items that were used in their livelihoods for Christian devotional tools during the ban on Christianity. Under the guidance of their religious leaders, they nurtured a religious system specific to their fishing village—involving veneration of devotional tools such as 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 rejoined the Catholic Church, and beside a Shinto shrine where they had secretly offered prayers during the ban they built a church, marking the end of Hidden Christian tradition.
|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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