Chapter 8 - Light and Shadow: Christian History, Resurrected. Places that became known as “sacred”

About Chapter 8

After the battle of Shimabara, the bakufu (shogunate) succeeded in complete suppression, leaving the southern part of the Shimabara Peninsula eradicated. Immigrants were gathered from all the lands, and no longer would the Christian faith be allowed to grow.

In spite of this, the Christians of Gotoh, Nagasaki and Amakusa continued on without the help of missionaries and went on to create their own individual form of Christianity. To be able to exist in this era, they were forced to wear the facade of Buddhism. The manner in which they practiced their faith was unique from area to area. Chapter 8 will focus on the area of Hirado.