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Некоторые особенности религиозной практики и обычаев «тайных христиан» в Японии

Бертова А. Д.

This article describes some peculiar features of religious practices of the "Hidden Christians" in Japan. "Hidden Christians" are descendants of the first Japanese Christians of the end of the XVI - beginning of the XVII century, who chose not to betray their faith even during the anti-Christian repressions on the Tokugawa shogunate. The "Hidden Christians" have preserved their religious beliefs, which having being deprived of the contacts with missionaries, have acquired syncretic character. They continue their practices up to nowadays, and, despite the introduction of religious freedom in Japan, continue keeping their religious life in secret and don't desire any kind of unification with the representatives of the established Christian churches and organizations.