Kakure Kirishitan

Follow this link to read a fascinating article about a sect in Japan that evolved after the earliest Christian missionaries arrived in the sixteenth century. When Christianity was suppressed starting in the early 1600s, Japan’s first Christians had to adapt to survive — and they did, by blending Christianity with elements of Buddhism and Shinto. I think one can easily find parallels to the history of Christianity in Ireland, Africa, and elsewhere.

Japan’s “Hidden Christians” Face Extinction

Also check out the Wikipedia entry for Kakure Kirishitan.

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Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • http://www.thepagelessbook.com John Pageless

    Now, this I find interesting. For quite some time I’ve known of “Buddhist Christians” emerging here in the West, but little did I know that there was a secret sect, 400 years old, that combined the two religions. Thank you for pointing this out!


  • http://frimmin.com Jon

    Interesting. Reminds of reading about early Taoist Christians in China. The Jesus Sutras

  • http://www.yearningforgod.blogspot.com Jan

    I was very interested in reading this article, especially because it reminded me of the novel “Silence” by Shusako Endo, which takes place in 1614 with the persecution of the Hidden Christians’ ancestors. Thank you.