In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians Hardback

A Story of Persecution and Miraculous Survival

by John Dougill;

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In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians

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The story of Japan's hidden Christians is the subject of a major motion picture by director Martin Scorsese, based on Shusaku Endo's famous novel, Silence. From the time the first Christian missionary arrived in Japan in 1549 to when a nationwide ban was issued in 1614, over 300,000 Japanese were converted to Christianity. A vicious campaign of persecution forced the faithful to go underground. For seven generations, Hidden Christians or Kirishitan preserved a faith that was strictly forbidden on pain of death. Illiterate peasants handed down the Catholicism that had been taught to their ancestors despite having no Bible or contact with the outside world. Just as remarkably, descendants of the Hidden Christians continue to this day to practice their own religion, refusing to rejoin the Catholic Church. Why? And what is it about Christianity that is so antagonistic to Japanese culture? In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians is an attempt to answer these questions. A journey in both space and time, In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians recounts a clash of civilizations of East and West that resonates to this day, and offers insights about the tenacity of belief and unchanging aspects of Japanese culture."

In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians by John Dougill was published by Tuttle Shokai Inc in March 2012. The ISBN for In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians is 9784805311479.

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Details for In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians

Page last updated 17th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTuttle Shokai Inc (March 2012)
Number of Pages240
Thickness25 mm
Height203 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4032791
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