Villages on Hisaka Island
(Ⅲ) Hidden Christians’ endeavours to continue and spread their religious faith
|Hidden Christians maintained their religious communities in these villages after migrating to undeveloped land on the island in accordance with a migration policy established by feudal lords.|
The Villages on Hisaka Island are one of the four components demonstrating to which locations the Hidden Christians migrated to maintain their religious communities. Some Hidden Christians migrated from Sotome to Hisaka Island, hearing that the Goto clan welcomed newcomers to cultivate undeveloped land on the island. The Hidden Christian migrants selected the island, dreaming of a place where they could live in harmony with the pre-existing communities there. They secretly maintained their religious communities while they cooperated mutually with pre-existing communities in fishing and farming activities. Following the lifting of the ban on Christianity, the Hidden Christians rejoined the Catholic Church and constructed churches in their own villages, each of which is indicative of the end of their hiding.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Cultural Landscape of Hisaka Island in Goto||Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Landscape selected by the national government||2011|
|Former Gorin Church||Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Property designated by the national government||1999|
＞Former Gorin Church（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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