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December 13, 2011

Otaiya (Christmas Eve)

Japan's hidden Christians
When Christianity was outlawed in 1614 and the Portuguese Catholic missionaries were expelled, Japanese believers went underground and continued to practice their religion in secret. This film tells the story of these "Hidden Christians" through an examination of their version of the Christmas Eve ceremony. Featured are the only two remaining priests in the Goto islands. Both men are in their late nineties and have no successors. The film examines the many factors that have led to the decline of these centuries-old traditions.

Look into the history and ceremonies of the Christain movement in Japan. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 53610-D 34 minutes 1997

Posted by mcmike at December 13, 2011 08:49 AM

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