I was curious about the history of Christianity in Japan and almost all sources claim that it arrived there only with the arrival of the Portuguese
This may be true for Western Christianity but it was a global religion long before European's spread there own particular brand of it often
supposedly civilizing the heathen's and so this assumption just never sat right with me.
I thought to myself the Japanese are an island nation, they have traded far and wide for many thousands of years though they were always more of a
nation of fishermen and farmers than traders and they have many lost chapters to there history which made me very curious and I had to ask the
question could there ever have been an indigenous Christianity or a faith derived from it potentially brought by trade and contact with other nation's
as well as eastern missionary and my gut tell's me there must have been at least some contact between early eastern christian's and ancient Japan.
Now often the terrain and dominant religion's and cultures of the world are used to explain why an early form of Christianity has not left a mark
upon some cultures but Judaism and Christianity have been present in india (And the pre-Islamic Hindu kush) since perhaps the third century or even
earlier in India and India at least through trade would have had at least an indirect contact with Japan.
Now there are people far more versed on the history mysteries of this world than me right here on ATS and some very knowledgeable Japanese members as
well as US citizen's whom live in Japan.
It is interesting to consider though (and a break from politics and doom gloom stuff) so I hope this spark's a lively debate.
Once again while I found that I loved Japan and the Japanese people (most of them anyway) I have only visited the country once and am far from an
expert, the dominant religion's of Japan though may have erased or absorbed evidence of early Christianity and with Japan's turbulent history of the
past thousand years and internal war's even more may have been lost over that time in that respect.
While similar in some way's Buddhism would have clashed on point's were it was very different so any early christian Japanese would probably have
been absorbed into that while the native religion of Japan is more a nature spirit belief system which was a common system throughout almost the
entire world at one time.
It is possible that if such an early Japanese Christianity existed it would have been very different to the European version.
I remember also seeing a video on the old You Tube were a guy was told by a Chinese guy in a town in western China that there ancient Buddhist temple
had christian images inside but the local's would not let him gain entry, there ancestors may have been Chinese christian's whom became Buddhist and
converted there church into a Buddhist site but they would not allow him to enter the structure and were angry about his wish to take a camera inside,
now that is China and still thousands' of miles from Japan but if he was correct then it would suggest that ancient Christianity was practiced in some
form or other there over a thousand years ago once again demonstrating it is not only a western religion as the world see's it today but that there
were once indigenous eastern branches which were every bit as important to the overall tapestry of the history of the religion and the nations it was
once found within as is the modern western variation.
Anyway I know my post is short on fact's, short on evidence - in fact has non but I am hoping some of you will bring good argument's for and against
this being an actual historical fact rather than mere supposition and with that I leave this debate to you - I shall hide behind the bullet proof
glass over here somewhere.
To Re-post the two articles indicated in the link provided, they are very intriguing not least with respect to the thought that a temple in Kyoto may
actually have been a Christian site and that Nestorian Christianity may have reached japan very early indeed.
Sorry the second url is a bit long for ATS just scroll back to the bottom of the first link page here.
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