Villages on Kashiragashima Island
(Ⅲ) Hidden Christians’ endeavours to continue and spread their religious faith
|It was in these villages that Hidden Christians passed on their faith after their migration to the island under the guidance of a Buddhist man. Formerly, that once had been used for sick people; therefore, there were no pre-existing communities.|
The villages on Kashiragashima Island bear testimony to the efforts of the Hidden Christians to maintain their faith through migration to an island that was once used for the sick, and which other communities therefore avoided. The Hidden Christian migrants from Sotome first settled in Tainoura on Nakadori Island and later moved to this uninhabited island under the direction of a Buddhist man. They continued their secret faith in an isolated environment. Following the Discovery of Hidden Christians at Oura Cathedral, they initially used the house of a Hidden Christian leader in an open valley facing the sea as a temporary church. Later they constructed a new church near the temporary one, visually marking the end of Hidden Christians’ tradition.
|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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