Villages on Hisaka Island
(Ⅲ) Hidden Christians’ endeavours to continue and spread their religious faith
|Hidden Christians maintained their faith in these villages after migrating to undeveloped land on the island in accordance with a migration policy established by feudal lords. There was mutual cooperation between the Hidden Christians and the pre-existing Buddhist communities.|
The villages on Hisaka Island bear testimony to the efforts of Hidden Christians to maintain their faith through migration to uncultivated and uninhabited areas on the island following a migration policy initiated by the Goto clan. While the Hidden Christian migrants from Sotome established villages away from pre-existing Buddhist villages on the island, they cooperated mutually with them in fishing and farming activities, allowing the Hidden Christians to both conceal and continue their secret beliefs. Hidden Christians overcame the last persecution that occurred after the Discovery of Hidden Christians and rejoined the Catholic Church after the lifting of the ban on Christianity. They finally constructed churches in their own villages, marking the end of Hidden Christians’ tradition.
|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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