Villages on Kuroshima Island
(Ⅲ) Hidden Christians’ endeavours to continue and spread their religious faith
|Hidden Christians maintained their faith in these villages by praying to the Maria Kannon statue in a Buddhist temple after their migration to former clan pasturelands in need of redevelopment.|
Hidden Christians migrated to uninhabited areas on Kuroshima Island and continued their religious faith, following the policy of the Hirado clan to encourage migration and cultivation of official pastures which had earlier been abandoned by the Hirado clan. The Hidden Christians continued to practise their faith in the new settlements on Kuroshima Island with the tacit acceptance of pre-existing Buddhist communities, and venerated the statue of Maria Kannon which they had secretly placed in the Buddhist temple that they outwardly belonged to. The Hidden Christians rejoined the Catholic Church after the lifting of the ban on Christianity, and they initially used the house of the former religious leader (Mizukata) as a temporary church. Hidden Christians’ tradition came to an end when they eventually constructed a new church in the central area of the island.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Cultural Landscape of Kuroshima Island in Sasebo||Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Landscape selected by the national government||2011|
＞Kuroshima Church（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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