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threatening the Shogun to his face

Post by Kuznetzova » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:03 am

So the Christian monks entered into the town of Nagasaki, to establish a ministry there and spread the word of Christ's teachings. It was the 17th century, and the Shogunate system reigned supreme.

Friar Giuseppe gained an audience with the local Shogun at his administrative castle. And that day he wanted to teach the Shogun about the doctrine of God's Judgement. During the meeting, the Shogun sat on his mat, draped in colorful gi. The castle servants were standing about the room holding refeshments, and otherwise serving tea. To his sides were several magistrates and a samurai with a couple swords hanging in his belt. They sat on their large mats, and listened attentively as Friar Giuseppe ministered unto them. Giuseppe stood and droned on for almost 40 minutes about the eternal judgement of God, and the burning of sin in the hellfires of damnation, and a life of sin leading to death, and how Christ suffers from the Shogun's sinful ways. At a pause, the Shogun looked confused and asked if there was a misunderstanding to his translator. Friar Giuseppe, after hearing the question, continued to drone on and on about how "in his wickedness and iniquity shalt he be judged at the throne of the Almighty" that if you do not repent, then hellfires will surely be your harvest, and so on.

The Shogun paused, then turned to his Samurai across the room with a furrowed brow. The look on his face alone communicated , "What did he just say to me? Is this guy serious?" The Samurai made a facial expression that was something like an inconspicuous cringe. Suddenly, the servants started hastily shuffling out of the room. The Shogun started barking something loudly in Japanese. A couple of the of the magistrates stood up and and tried to appease the Shogun with muffled pleas. The Shogun only yelled at them in Japanese. Then there was some sort of tussle when some castle guards came into the room. For the next three days, Friar Giuseppe went missing.

A week later, a young man who was part of the missionaries wrote in his diary:

Dear Diary,

It is August 23, 1621 in the year of Our Lord. A most terrible fate has come upon us in Nagasaki. Father Giuseppe went missing after a visit to the Shogun. Today we found him outside the Shogun's castle. But Lo, he was being beheaded by the samurai. We tried to retrieve his body and were nearly arrested ourselves. We must alert all of our missionaries. We should not have anyone make various threats to the Shoguns in the presence of their courtesans.

in God's Grace, sincerely,

Friar Pietro.

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