(Ⅳ)The transitional phase in the religious identity of Hidden Christians, leading to the transformation and the end of their tradition
|The site of the ‘Discovery of Hidden Christians’, an encounter with returned Catholic missionaries that triggered the end of Hidden Christians’ hiding.|
Oura Cathedral is one of the components that demonstrates what triggered the end of Hidden Christians’ hiding. Hidden Christians met the missionaries for the first time in two centuries (the ‘Discovery of Hidden Christians’). Hidden Christian leaders throughout the Nagasaki region visited the cathedral, and such contact with the missionaries brought about the transition and subsequent end of Hidden Christians’ hiding. In the transitional phase, Hidden Christian communities split into three groups: those who rejoined the Catholic Church, those who decided to continue their unique way of practising the faith that they had developed during the ban on Christianity, and those who converted to Buddhism or Shinto.
|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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