Ono Village in Sotome
(Ⅱ) Formation of the tradition of continuing the Christian faith
|At this place, Hidden Christians enshrined their own deities in Shinto shrines and disguised their faith by outwardly behaving as Shinto practitioners.|
In Ono Village, the Hidden Christians outwardly behaved as Buddhists and Shinto followers, and venerated Shinto shrines commonly seen in conventional Japanese villages at that time. However, they continued their inner faith by secretly enshrining their own deities in the shrines and praying within the Shinto sanctuaries. The Hidden Christians rejoined the Catholic Church after the lifting of the ban, and walked to Shitsu Village to attend church services. They eventually built the Ono Church in the centre of their own village, marking the end of Hidden Christian tradition.
|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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