How Japan dealt with the Christian Threat

A beautiful post about combatting monotheism. This is what happened in Japan when Christian missionaries tried to destroy their culture and religions. It’s a very good read.

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We have touched on the topic before (http://vajrin.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/japans-defeat-of-christianity-lessons-for-hindus/) & advise people to read that piece first before reading this one. We hope to briefly cover the actual measures that the Tokugawa Shogunate employed to suppress Christianity. The Japanese employed a range of measures for this because they correctly saw Christianity as a very serious threat intent on destroying their civilization. The following list covers each method only briefly and those interested may look up more information in the relevant books.

The below are the various methods that were utilized by the Japanese government to wipe out Christianity from Japan before the Christians could destroy Japan. Naturally some of this may seem cruel & Christian propagandists have tried their best to exaggerate their suffering & paint themselves as victims. But it must be remembered that the Christians were the aggressors who used forcible conversion (when a daimyo converted he imposed Christianity…

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Free-range tribalist Heathen, Galina Krasskova, has been a priest of Odin and Loki since the early nineties. Originally ordained in the Fellowship of Isis in 1995, Ms. Krasskova also attended the oldest interfaith seminary in the U.S.- the New Seminary where she was ordained in 2000 and where she later worked as Dean of Second Year Students for the Academic year of 2011-2012. She has even given the opening prayer at the United Nations Conference “Women and Indigeny”. Beyond this, she took vows as a Heathen gythia in 1996 and again in 2004, She is the head of Comitatus pilae cruentae and a member of the Starry Bull tradition. She has been a member of numerous groups through the years including the American Academy of Religion. She has also served previously as a state government contracted expert on the Asatru faith, and been a regular contributor to various print and online publications geared towards modern pagans and polytheists, and for a time had her own radio program: Wyrd Ways Radio Live. Ms. Krasskova holds diplomas from The New Seminary (2000), a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Religious Studies from Empire State College (2007), and an M.A. in Religious Studies from New York University (2009). She has completed extensive graduate coursework in Classics (2010-2016) and is pursuing a Masters in Medieval Studies at Fordham University (expected graduation 2019) with the intention of eventually doing a PhD in theology. She has also been teaching University classes in Greek and Latin. As part of her academic career Ms. Krasskova has written a number of academic articles, and also presented at various academic conferences including Harvard University, Claremont University, Fordham University, Ohio State University, Western Michigan University, Villanova University, and the City University of New York. An experienced diviner and ordeal master, her primary interest is in devotional work and the reconstruction of Northern Tradition shamanism. Her very first book, The Whisperings of Woden was the landmark first devotional text to be written in modern Heathenry. Ms. Krasskova has a variety of published books available running the gamut from introductory texts on the Northern Tradition, as well as books on shamanism, runes, prayer, and devotional practices. She is also the managing editor of “Walking the Worlds,” a peer-reviewed academic style journal focusing on contemporary polytheism and spirit work and the first journal of polytheology. While very busy with teaching and school, she does also occasionally lecture around the country on topics of interest to contemporary Heathenry and polytheisms. A passionate supporter of the arts Ms. Krasskova enjoys going to the opera, theater, and ballet. Her affection for the arts began early as she discovered dance, which she pursued professionally becoming a ballet dancer: first with a regional company in Maryland, then in New York City. After suffering career ending injuries, she would find new forms of expression in the visual arts. For a few years Ms. Krasskova co-owned an art gallery in the Hudson River Valley of New York, and over a course of numerous years she has studied a multitude of art mediums: glassblowing, watercolor, acrylic, photography and more! She is now an avid collage artist, acrylic painter and watercolorist and has even enjoyed placement in international artist-in-residencies programs in New York, New Mexico, and Poland. Her work has been exhibited globally from New York to Paris. She has taken her passion for the arts and polytheistic devotion, to create the Prayer Card Project. Since so much religious iconography has been destroyed, or defaced in the course of human history, she is actively making new religious prayers and iconography available to the various modern polytheistic communities to support those who are building their religious communities, building their devotional practices, and hungering for art that represents their religious faith. All while also supporting the artists within these burgeoning communities.

Posted on September 19, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. More countries should learn from and emulate Japan’s response to Christianity. It is truly HIV of the soul and should be treated as such.

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    • Ah…but which countries? Christianity is pandemic and has already spread universally. I wish its virulence could have been stopped earlier, but it wasn’t, and now it has given rise to new derivative diseases like globalization, materialism and anti-tradition. The course to take today against these contradictory forces is a very difficult and somewhat contradictory one: a mixture of caution and resolution, isolation and activism, shrewdness and wisdom. Or we could do nothing and Christianity is declining and eating itself away, but we need to replace it slowly, surely and honestly, because there are others who are waiting for the prize.

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  2. I actually had this exact discussion with someone IRL. It seems hypocritical in modern academia to frame this history as “the massacre of innocent Christians”, rather than “the defense by indigenous peoples against Colonialist invaders”.

    This is not excusing the violence and harm done to genuinely innocent individuals, or well-meaning religious practitioners persecuted unfairly. But the Christians at this time used specific and intentional tactics to maneuver themselves into power, including unscrupulous ones — and time has shown the devastating effects of colonialism, as well as biases caused by the lack of cultural relativism in our historical views.

    As for Polytheists, I have always felt recognizing the amount of force/coercion in the conversion to Christianity of one’s ancestors is an important piece of info to weigh.

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  3. I think about it like this. If things had happened differently, we would hear of how the Catholic church started a Japanese branch of the Inquisition. We would hear about how every shrine and temple in Japan, down to the smallest hokora, was destroyed. They would have put a church down on every old sacred site. We would hear of the church at Mt. Miwa, built to convert the people that revered that site. And of course, many people would have been killed for not converting, for being declared heretics, and in the process of the Christian takeover. The worst case scenario, the Portuguese and Spanish would have used their foothold to make puppet rulers or just outright colonize Japan. No doubt they would have brought many foreign slaves, traders, and colonists there as well. The place probably would not look very much like Japan anymore in the worst case scenario, but like every other place today colonized by those countries.

    We would hear from Catholic scholars about how it was “regrettable” about all the suppression and violence against Japanese “religion” but it had the good aspect of bringing Japan into the fold. Don’t worry, Cardinal of Nagasaki Antonio Shouni and Bishop Jose Santa Maria Otomo of Kagoshima just endorsed setting up a historical museum for Japanese and Shinto related history. However, recent attempts by a small group of Shinto revivalists to set up a small shrine near Mt. Hiei have met with protesters that have threatened to “burn the devil shrine down.” No statement on that has been made yet by the Pope or Cardinal Miguel Takatsukasa of Cidade de Santa Francisco Xavier(formerly Kyoto). Imagine hearing of this sort of thing.

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