Remains of Villages on Nozaki Island
(Ⅲ) Hidden Christians’ endeavours to continue and spread their religious faith
|Hidden Christians maintained their religious communities after they migrated to Nozaki Island, which was regarded as sacred by Shinto believers.|
The Remains of Villages on Nozaki Island are one of the four components demonstrating to which locations the Hidden Christians migrated to maintain their religious communities. Before some of the Hidden Christians from Sotome migrated to Nozaki Island, the island’s only inhabitants were Shinto priests of Okinokojima Shrine and their followers. The migrants selected the island so that they could maintain their religious communities in secret while affiliating themselves with the Shinto shrine and outwardly behaving as its followers to camouflage their inner faith. The Hidden Christians on the island rejoined the Catholic Church after the lifting of the ban on Christianity and constructed new churches in two Christian villages in the central part and the southern part of the island, marking the end of the Hidden Christians’ hiding.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Cultural Landscape of the Ojika Islands||Ojika Town, Kitamatsuura District, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Landscape selected by the national government||2011|
＞Nokubi and Funamori settlement sites on Nozaki Island（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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