Ono Village in Sotome
(Ⅱ) Formation of the tradition of continuing the Christian faith
|In Ono Village, Hidden Christians practised their religious faith by venerating their own deities secretly enshrined in Shinto shrines.|
Ono Village in Sotome is one of the four components that are representative villages demonstrating what the Hidden Christians venerated to continue their secret faith. Hidden Christians in Ono Village outwardly behaved as Buddhists and Shinto followers, and prayed to their own deities secretly enshrined in Shinto shrines of the village. In such ways, they camouflaged their inner faith as Buddhism or Shinto. Amid the ban on Christianity, many Hidden Christians in Sotome migrated to remote islands, including the Goto Islands, aiding the spread of Hidden Christian communities in such islands. The Hidden Christians in Ono rejoined the Catholic Church after the lifting of the ban on Christianity, and walked to Shitsu Church to attend church services. They eventually built Ono Church in the centre of their own village, marking the end of the Hidden Christians’ hiding.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Landscape with Terraces Retained by Stonework of Sotome in Nagasaki||Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Landscape selected by the national government||Planned in 2018|
|Ono Church||Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Property designated by the national government||2008|
＞Ono Church（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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