Saturday, December 22, 2007

Japans hidden Christians

The Portuguese tried to Christianize Japan in the mid 16th Century. After some initial success the religion was banned in the early 17th century. However certain pockets survived in the remote Islands and is present today as "Kakure Kirishtian" - Hidden Christianity in Japan. They have evolved into a very unique form of the religion that has elements of Shintoism and Buddhism in it. A fascinating story indeed.


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