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In 1865 a French priest was visited by a small group of Japanese at his newly built church in Nagasaki. They were descendants of Japan's first Christians, the survivors of brutal religious persecution under the Tokugawa government. The Kakure Kirishitan, or "hidden Christians," had practiced their religion in secret for several hundred years. Sometime after their visit the priest received a copy of the Kakure bible, the Tenchi Hajimari no Koto, "Beginning of Heaven and Earth," an intriguing amalgam of Bible stories, Japanese fables, and Roman Catholic doctrine. Whelan offers a complete translation of this unique work accompanied by an illuminating commentary that provides the first theory of origin and evolution of the Tenchi. Today, the few Kakure Kirishitan communities still in existence view the Tenchi as strange and flawed, expressing a distorted form of Christianity. It is, however, the only text produced by the Kakure Kirishitan that depicts their highly syncretistic tradition and provides a colorful window through which to examine the dynamics of religious acculturation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Manuscript List
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. 1. The Beginning of Heaven and Earth
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. 2. The Evil Fruit Cast to Middle Heaven
  2. pp. 42-44
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  1. 3. The Division of Deusu’s Body for the Salvation of Humankind
  2. pp. 44-47
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  1. 4. The King’s Death
  2. pp. 47-49
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  1. 5. The Tribulations of Santa Maruya
  2. pp. 49-54
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  1. 6. The Five Mysteries of the Morning
  2. pp. 54-56
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  1. 7. A Nationwide Search
  2. pp. 56-58
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  1. 8. Yorotetsu Captures the Holy One
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. 9. Up Karuwaryu Hill
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. 10. Money Bedazzled
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. 11. The Kirinto
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. 12. The Holy One’s Selection
  2. p. 63
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  1. 13. Establishment of the Officials
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. 14. The Destruction of Our World
  2. pp. 64-66
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  1. 15. Addendum
  2. pp. 66-68
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 69-114
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 115-128
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 129-135
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  1. About the Translator
  2. p. 136
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824861605
Related ISBN
9780824818067
MARC Record
OCLC
45843023
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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