|Japan's Hidden Christians|
|Author||Harrington, Ann M.|
|Pub. Location||Chicago||Publisher||Loyola University Press|
|Date||1993||Phys. Desc.||xv, 208 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.|
|Location||Dir. Office Gallery||Call Number||BR1305.H35 1993|
|by Ann M. Harrington.|
I. The Advent of Christianity -- II. The Kakure Kirishitan -- III. Festivals and Prayers -- IV. The Tenchi Hajimari no Koto -- V. The Return of the Missionaries -- VI. Understanding the Kakure Kirishitan -- VII. The Kakure Kirishitan Compared to Other Japanese Christian Groups -- Conclusion: A Personal Reflection -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-197) and index.
"...examines the beliefs and practices of the kakure Kirishitan (hidden Christians)--descendents of those contacted by missionaries in the mid-sixteenth century. Because of the legal ban on Christianity. which was firmly in place in 1639 and was not lifted until 1873, those converted by the missionaries were forced to go underground and practiced and transmitted their religion at the risk of their lives. This secrecy eventually became an integral part of their faith and led, in part, to their rejection [by] the French missionaries who came to Japan in 1859."--p.  of cover.