|The property, ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’, is an outstanding testimony to the history of people and their communities who secretly transmitted their faith in Christianity during the time of prohibition spanning more than two centuries in Japan. Here we introduce the historical background from the beginning of the absence of missionaries and hiding of Christians, through the remaining Christians’ endeavours to continue their faith and communities, to the end of the hiding triggered by contact with missionaries.|
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(Ⅰ)Beginning of the absence of missionaries and hiding of Christians
(Ⅱ)Hidden Christians’ endeavours to continue their religious faith
(Ⅲ)Hidden Christians’ endeavours to maintain their religious communities
Specific sites and devotional tools provided a focus for the Hidden Christian faith, and the migration of Hidden Christians contributed to the continuation of their religious beliefs for over two centuries.
(Ⅳ)The transitional phase triggered by contact with missionaries, leading to the end of Hidden Christians’ hiding
Simple churches were built in the villages where the inhabitants reconverted to Catholicism. Among these churches, Egami Church on Naru Island is a representative example clearly demonstrating how traditional techniques were adopted to deal with the environment in the places Hidden Christians migrated to and visually marking the end of the hiding of Hidden Christians.