(Ⅳ)The transitional phase in the religious identity of Hidden Christians, leading to the transformation and the end of their tradition
|The site of an encounter with returned Catholic missionaries after an absence of over two centuries that triggered the transitional phase in the religious identity of Hidden Christian communities.|
Oura Cathedral was built in 1864 by missionaries who had come back to Japan after the opening of the nation’s ports to overseas trade. It is the site where Hidden Christians encountered the missionaries for the first time in two centuries (this event is referred to as ‘Discovery of Hidden Christians’). Subsequently Hidden Christian leaders throughout the Nagasaki region contacted with the missionaries at Oura Cathedral. This brought about transformation and end of the tradition of Hidden Christians who had not been allowed to practise their faith in public but who had managed to keep it alive by building mutual cooperation with conventional Japanese society and its existing religions.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Oura Cathedral||Minamiyamate-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture||National Treasure designated by the national government||1933|
|Precincts of Oura Cathedral||Minamiyamate-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Historic Site designated by the national government||2012|
|Former Latin Seminary||Minamiyamate-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Property designated by the national government||1972|
|Minamiyamate Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings||Minamiyamate-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings selected by the national government||1991|
＞Oura Cathedral and its precinct（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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