The Kakure Kirishitan of Japan: A Study of Their Development, Beliefs and Rituals to the Present Day

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Routledge, Sep 5, 2013 - Social Science - 316 pages
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First major study in English of the Japanese 'hidden' Christians - the Kakure Kirishitan, who chose to remain separate from the Catholic Church when religious toleration was granted in 1873 - and the development of the faith and rituals from the 16th century to the present day.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
1
CHAPTER 2 The historical background to the Kakure faith
27
CHAPTER 3 The organization of the Kakure communities and their relationship to Catholicism
55
CHAPTER 4 The origins and uses of the Kakure gozensama
82
CHAPTER 5 Christian martyrs and the sacred places of the Kakure Kirishitan
111
CHAPTER 6 The Kakure worship calendar and the role of prayer
138
CHAPTER 7 The structure of Kakure worship and the significance of the communal meal
156
CHAPTER 8 The spirit world and the Kakure Kirishitan
174
CHAPTER 10 The Kakure in context
210
Ninth Register of Surviving Christian Families Hirado 1689
228
Report on the Christians of Amakusa 1806
231
Notes
233
Bibliography
257
Japanese Character List of important proper names and technical terms
279
INDEX
289
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CHAPTER 9 Death ancestors and the Kakure Kirishitan
204

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