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Re: [SCA-JML] Christianity in Japan and China

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  • Barbara Nostrand
    Noble Cousins! Nestorian sites in China are actually fairly old news. You can read about Nestorian churches in the Polos diary. Also, you can read about them
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 26 11:53 PM
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      Noble Cousins!

      Nestorian sites in China are actually fairly old news. You can
      read about Nestorian churches in the Polos' diary. Also, you
      can read about them in the book Jews in Old China where they
      are mentioned several times along with the muslims. People
      arriving from as far away as Iran, &c. show up in the Nihongi
      and similar chronicles. However, the notion that Christianity
      arrived in either China or Japan before Buddhism seriously
      strains the imagination. Buddhism pretty much goes back to
      the dawn of recorded history in Japan. Crosses are a fairly
      common motif outside of Christianity. An alternative
      explanation for burial figures is the story of Izanami and
      Izanagi which shows up in the Nihongi and the Kojiki. The
      idea of descending into the underworld has parallels in the
      pre-Christian story of Orpheus who engages is pretty much
      the same task as Izanagi. Basically, you can probably make
      a better case for Greek polytheistic influence on ancient
      Japan than you can for Christian influence on ancient
      japan.

      For those of you intersted in Japanese religion there are
      a number of interesting books out there to read. The one
      that springs to mind at the moment is Buddhist Cosmology
      which among other things discusses a possible connection
      between the "pure land" and "Eden" and suggests that
      this idea spread from Mesopotamia.

      Your Humble Servant
      Solveig Throndardottir
      Amateur Scholar
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