Egami Village on Naru Island(Egami Church and its Surroundings)
(Ⅳ)The transitional phase in the religious identity of Hidden Christians, leading to the transformation and the end of their tradition
|Egami Church bears witness to the history of Hidden Christian migrants to Naru Island and visually marks the end of their hiding.|
Egami Village on Naru Island (Egami Church and its Surroundings) is one of the components, visually marking the end of hiding of Hidden Christian migrants of the village. In the 19th century, some Hidden Christian migrants from Sotome settled in a valley near the seacoast, some distance from the pre-existing villages on the island. They continued to practise their secret faith and finally rejoined the Catholic Church after the lifting of the ban on Christianity. They constructed Egami Church in a manner that adapts to the topography of the village. Egami Church, located in a site chosen for its suitability in relation to the local climatic conditions, is representative of churches that were constructed using indigenous techniques and strongly demonstrate cultural and technical continuity with the period of the ban on Christianity.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Egami Church||Naru-machi, Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Property designated by the national government||Firstly in 2008 and additionally in 2012|
＞Egami Church（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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