Hidden Christians’ Crosses
The Shimabara Rebellion of 1637 was Christianity’s last stand in Japan. The revolt was prompted by the shogunate’s persecution of Christians whose religion had gained quite a foothold in southern Japan. Afterwards the ban on Christianity was strictly enforced, forcing true believers underground.
But ingenious believers were still able to slyly include Christian symbols such as these crosses by disguising them as framework support.
These are excerpts from Public Secrets, a powerful online documentary created by professor Sharon Daniel.
“That’s all I care about; getting myself outta here and getting my whole life back together.”
“It seems to me that women are getting slammed with more time than men for the same crimes.”
“I learned to use narcotics in prison.. my first fix came from some dope the police brought in.”