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  • The kirishitan barbarians worshipped the symbol, saying that it was on such a cross that their god was nailed to die.

    Blood Ninja II

  • It could have been Sumitada, perhaps, who had converted to the kirishitan religion and called himself Bartoromeo now.

    Blood Ninja II

  • One of the survival tactics of the kakure kirishitan or ‚Äúhidden Christians‚Äù was to set up altars to Mary and the Christ-child in the guise of the Buddhist goddess of compassion, Kannon known in China as Guanyin, who is often depicted cradling a small child.

    Religious Syncretism. | Mind on Fire

  • So what can we learn from comparing the syncretism of Mormo-Pagan women and the kakure kirishitan?

    Religious Syncretism. | Mind on Fire

  • When the ban on Christianity was removed in the 1860s, after two and a half centuries of prohibition, many of the kakure kirishitan were warmly welcomed back into the Catholic Church.

    Religious Syncretism. | Mind on Fire

  • Instead of recantation or death, the kakure kirishitan created a third option that allowed them to believe and live.

    Religious Syncretism. | Mind on Fire


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  • What the Japanese called Christianity, introduced to Japan in 1549 by Francis Xavier, the Jesuit missionary. From the Portuguese "Christao." Refers to both the period of active missionary activity (1549-1639) and the period following the expulsion of European missionaries up to 1873, also known as "hidden" or underground.

    March 26, 2009