Christian Gravestone in Nishitabira

西田平キリシタン墓碑

Christian Gravestone in Nishitabira

(Pilgrimage to the Shimabara Peninsula)

In a corner of the communal cemetery of Nishitabira, there is a gravestone
which bears an engraved cross with a floral pattern and the inscription
“15 year of Keicho, Rushiya 20 years of age , November 17.”
The gravestone seems to be attributed to a woman baptized Rushiya ( Lucia)
who died at the age of 20 in 1610.

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