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Naito Julia

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  • Born: c.1557 or c.1565
  • Died: 1627
  • Japanese: 内藤 ジュリア (Naitou Juria)


Julia was the sister of Naito Joan (or Tadatoshi) of Yagi castle, and a noted Christian. She was widowed at 22, and became a Buddhist nun. Around 1595 she became a Christian and took the name "Julia". (Her brother Joan had been baptized in 1565.) She was a part of the missionary work centered in Kyoto, interacting with the wives and consorts of many Daimyo, converting Ukita Hideie's wife and others to Christianity. In 1606 she organized a nunery referred to as the "Beatas of Miyako (i.e. Kyoto)". At the beginning of 1614 at the start of the general persecution of Christianity by the bakufu, she and 8 other nuns were tied up in sacks and carried around the city, then left on the ground for a while. At the end of the year they were sent out of the country along with most of the Christian clergy, both Japanese and foreign, and her brother Joan and Takayama Ukon and their families. She spent the remainder of her life in Manila, where she and the other Japanese nuns lived a conventual life. She passed away away March 28, 1627 (2nd month, 11th day, 1627).

References

  • Sengoku Jinmei Jiten
  • 日本キリスト教歴史大事典 (Large Dictionary of Japanese Christian History)、教文館, 1988.
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