Villages on Kashiragashima Island
(Ⅲ) Hidden Christians’ endeavours to continue and spread their religious faith
|Hidden Christians maintained their religious communities after they migrated to Kashiragashima Island, which once had been used for sick people.|
The Villages on Kashiragashima Island are one of the four components demonstrating to which locations the Hidden Christians migrated to maintain their religious communities. In the 19th century, some of the Hidden Christians from Sotome settled in Kashiragashima Island, which had been used for sick people and therefore avoided by other communities. The Hidden Christian migrants secretly maintained their religious communities while living under the guidance of a Buddhist man to camouflage their inner faith. Following the ‘Discovery of Hidden Christians’ at Oura Cathedral, the Hidden Christian migrants rejoined the Catholic Church and built a new church near their religious leader’s house, putting an end to their hiding.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Stone-built Village Landscape of Sakiura in Shinkamigoto||Shinkamigoto Town, Minamimatsuura District, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Landscape selected by the national government||2012|
|Kashiragashima Church||Shinkamigoto Town, Minamimatsuura District, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Property designated by the national government||Firstly in 2001 and additionally in 2003.|
＞Kashiragashima Church（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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