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(Japan Times)   "Some 500 tourists attended a festival Sunday in the village of Shingo, Aomori Prefecture, where women in kimono danced in a circle around a cross erected on a spot that locals believe is the tomb of Jesus Christ"   (japantimes.co.jp) divider line 53
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2012-06-05 03:28:59 AM
Seems legit.
 
2012-06-05 03:35:17 AM
Jesus was Japanese?

That's going to cause some problems.
 
2012-06-05 03:36:01 AM
Okay... Mormons now slip to third in the category of world's craziest religions.
 
2012-06-05 03:36:24 AM
"To console the spirit of Jesus, the women danced a traditional Bon dance while singing "Nanyadoyara," which has been passed down from generation to generation in the village. However, even locals have no idea what it means. The festival has been held since 1964."

1964 seems pretty recent for generation to generation
 
2012-06-05 03:38:20 AM
I remember hearing about this a few years ago. There was even claim that there were some blue-eyed local Japanese to prove they were descended from Jesus.

Except Jesus was Middle Eastern and had brown eyes (maybe green).
 
2012-06-05 03:42:07 AM

Virulency: "To console the spirit of Jesus, the women danced a traditional Bon dance while singing "Nanyadoyara," which has been passed down from generation to generation in the village. However, even locals have no idea what it means. The festival has been held since 1964."

1964 seems pretty recent for generation to generation


The song/dance is presumably older than the festival, at least I hope so from the way they worded that.
 
2012-06-05 03:42:15 AM
www.bethyeshua-idaho.com
 
2012-06-05 03:42:16 AM
I see no harm in religion in itself. Let people have their stories and traditions, as long as it doesn't harm others.
 
2012-06-05 03:42:25 AM
Things are easy when you're Big in Japan
 
2012-06-05 03:42:42 AM
No, dude was like the son of god, and was a tall white guy unlike everyone else in Judea at the time, and died somehow for my benefit, and then came back to life a few days later and then scuttled off somewhere, but he didn't go to Japan cuz' that's totally unbelievable.
 
2012-06-05 03:44:33 AM
FTA: Village legend has it Jesus survived his crucifixion and secretly came to Japan and lived out his natural life and died in the village, which used to be called Herai, a word that apparently came from the word Hebrew.

So they don't believe in that whole resurrection thing? Cause I gotta say, without that, being Christian seems even sillier than usual.
 
2012-06-05 03:46:00 AM

Ed Willy: I remember hearing about this a few years ago. There was even claim that there were some blue-eyed local Japanese to prove they were descended from Jesus.

Except Jesus was Middle Eastern and had brown eyes (maybe green).


No way man, the REAL Jesus was Aryan.
 
2012-06-05 03:46:16 AM
How can Jesus have a tomb when he came back to life then flew up into the sky?
 
2012-06-05 03:46:32 AM
www.coloursandlight.com
 
2012-06-05 03:47:14 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com


R.I.P.
 
2012-06-05 03:47:21 AM
The Japanese gave us furries and tentacle porn.

God, bless us, everyone!
 
2012-06-05 03:48:02 AM
Yeah, it's pretty crazy. I remember reading about this on Fark a few years ago, and it mentioned how Jesus was hiding from Tokugawa Ieyasu, despite the fact that it was some 1600 years or so after he died? It just sounds a little mad. Heck, I am surprised that there isn't an anime series about how Jesus was an immortal who hunted tentacle demons through time and space while hanging out with a gaggle of school girls who all want to bone him.
 
2012-06-05 03:48:26 AM
anongallery.org
 
2012-06-05 04:04:09 AM
I'm sorry, how is this any crazier than mainstream Christianity?
 
2012-06-05 04:12:28 AM
You know, Edo period Japan should be used as an worldwide example of how Christianity and State can get best co-exist.
 
2012-06-05 04:13:03 AM

Virulency: "To console the spirit of Jesus, the women danced a traditional Bon dance while singing "Nanyadoyara," which has been passed down from generation to generation in the village. However, even locals have no idea what it means. The festival has been held since 1964."


And since 1986 has been held in the castle, as its owner decreed, now and forever.
 
2012-06-05 05:04:05 AM

Gyrfalcon: Jesus was Japanese?

That's going to cause some problems.


He's Chinese. His last name is Hong. Has no idea where people get "Christ" from.

/shouldn't be obscure.
 
2012-06-05 05:17:42 AM

BronyMedic: The Japanese gave us furries and tentacle porn.

God, bless us, everyone!


Japan gave us furries? We've had them since the advent of motion picture and cartoons. People were working it to Felix the Cat and Porky Pig.
 
2012-06-05 06:13:30 AM

Raw_fishFood: Yeah, it's pretty crazy. I remember reading about this on Fark a few years ago, and it mentioned how Jesus was hiding from Tokugawa Ieyasu, despite the fact that it was some 1600 years or so after he died? It just sounds a little mad. Heck, I am surprised that there isn't an anime series about how Jesus was an immortal who hunted tentacle demons through time and space while hanging out with a gaggle of school girls who all want to bone him.


That's basically the plot to Evangelion.
 
2012-06-05 06:36:42 AM
NetOwl: Raw_fishFood: Yeah, it's pretty crazy. I remember reading about this on Fark a few years ago, and it mentioned how Jesus was hiding from Tokugawa Ieyasu, despite the fact that it was some 1600 years or so after he died? It just sounds a little mad. Heck, I am surprised that there isn't an anime series about how Jesus was an immortal who hunted tentacle demons through time and space while hanging out with a gaggle of school girls who all want to bone him.

That's basically the plot to Evangelion.


Evangelion has a plot?
 
2012-06-05 06:48:41 AM
Why not Japan?

Hell, we have a presidential candidate who believes he came to America.
 
2012-06-05 06:52:12 AM

zzrhardy: You know, Edo period Japan should be used as an worldwide example of how Christianity and State can get best co-exist.


During the Edo period, Christianity was marginalized and eventually banned, with the Portugese and missionaries being thrown out of the country...

Oh, I get what you are saying.
 
2012-06-05 07:38:16 AM
If I were Jesus and I returned to Earth, I think I'd find it a bit creepy and possibly upsetting that people celebrated my life with a symbol of my death.

Just sayin'
 
2012-06-05 07:51:50 AM
rlv.zcache.com
 
2012-06-05 07:55:36 AM
So... they like to dance on his grave..?
 
2012-06-05 08:04:07 AM

BronyMedic: NetOwl: Raw_fishFood: Yeah, it's pretty crazy. I remember reading about this on Fark a few years ago, and it mentioned how Jesus was hiding from Tokugawa Ieyasu, despite the fact that it was some 1600 years or so after he died? It just sounds a little mad. Heck, I am surprised that there isn't an anime series about how Jesus was an immortal who hunted tentacle demons through time and space while hanging out with a gaggle of school girls who all want to bone him.

That's basically the plot to Evangelion.

Evangelion has a plot?


Yeah. . .

Adam (as in from Genesis) was immortal and alive into the 21st century, living in hiding in Antarctica. In 2001 a U.N. expedition discovered Adam and managed to capture him, but in the process he released a blast of divine energy so massive it melted the entire Antarctic ice shelf.

The UN covered it up saying it was a meteor impact, but the chaos caused by the sea level rising several feet pretty much instantly started a world war. Now, almost 14 years later, as the world recovers from the war, a secret agency of the UN has managed to create several clones of Adam, except the clones are 200 feet tall, and turned into heavily armored cyborgs that almost everybody thinks are mecha. The UN also managed to capture Lilith (Adam's first wife, before Eve, created as an equal. Mentioned very briefly as a "lamia" monster in the Christian Bible but expanded on in Hebrew scripture), and used cloned technology from her to augment the Adam cloned cyborg-mecha.

Around this time, angels descend from Heaven to retrieve Adam and Lilith. The UN fights a war with the angels to protect their prisoners.

However, secretly, it's all part of a plan by the "wandering Jew", a figure from medieval Christian folklore who supposedly taunted Jesus on the way to the Cross and was cursed with immortality until the end of the world. This wandering figure had spent 2000 years becoming wealthy and powerful, and now runs a secret super-powerful organization at the UN that has orchestrated all this as a master plan 2000 years in the making to bring on the apocalypse so his curse can be lifted and he can die.

. . .so yeah.

Makes about as much sense as saying that Jesus teleported to Japan after the crucifixion and that blue-eyed Japanese people are secretly descendants of Christ.

Basically, in Japan, Christianity is a strange, foreign religion that has a mystique to it, and often gets twisted and mutilated and crossed with their own belief and culture. It's a little how Zen Buddhism or Hinduism gets treated in the US.
 
2012-06-05 08:06:27 AM
It's interesting. Read more here.

Allegedly, according to these Japanese, Jesus escaped crucifixion. His brother got crucified in his place...then Jesus went to Japan where he lived until the age of 106.

The Muslims and some early fringe Christian groups also believed Jesus didn't get crucified but had someone else go in his place.
 
2012-06-05 08:18:22 AM
Oh, and following an insane pedophile arab because he heard voices in his head makes sense?

Or a pedophile in a black suit magically turning wine into blood by saying hocus pocus?

Let the ladies dance around whatever they want to believe they are dancing about. This is religeon, common sense does not apply, and you do not have to provide any proof for your claim.

The earth only continues to spin because I will it to. Pray that I continue.
 
2012-06-05 08:18:28 AM

shivashakti: It's interesting. Read more here.

Allegedly, according to these Japanese, Jesus escaped crucifixion. His brother got crucified in his place...then Jesus went to Japan where he lived until the age of 106.

The Muslims and some early fringe Christian groups also believed Jesus didn't get crucified but had someone else go in his place.


And Japanese and Hebrew share 500 words that are eerily similar.

And there's a few temples in southern Japan that are old as dirt and laid out identical to Hebrew temples and certain religious practices from Israel are identical to certain festivals in Japan that predate contact between the cultures. There's also a mountain where it's quite possible the Ark of the Covenant, if it is real, was secreted when the lost tribe of Israel came to Japan.
 
2012-06-05 08:18:54 AM

Keizer_Ghidorah: How can Jesus have a tomb when he came back to life then flew up into the sky?


Jesus' body was placed in a tomb. He didn't fly into the sky. He reappeared after three days. It is written that those that knew Him recognized Him in his new earth suit (so as to speak). He was just that intense.

It is nice the godless Japanese want to show some involvement in faith or belief, no matter how miniscule.

/no fly-bys though
 
2012-06-05 08:26:41 AM
I came across this while reading up on Easter

It seems so bizarre and detailed that part of me wants to think it's true just so it invalidates almost all of the New Testament (good and bad) and everything after it and leave the core values of what he taught and did.
 
2012-06-05 08:28:10 AM

Mega Steve: If I were Jesus and I returned to Earth, I think I'd find it a bit creepy and possibly upsetting that people celebrated my life with a symbol of my death.

Just sayin'


Yeah. Do they think the first thing JFK would want to see is a bunch of folks carrying bolt-action scoped rifles? Or maybe Jeanne D'Arc would get into seeing really large bonfires?
 
2012-06-05 08:48:48 AM
Silverstaff: Basically, in Japan, Christianity is a strange, foreign religion that has a mystique to it, and often gets twisted and mutilated and crossed with their own belief and culture. It's a little how Zen Buddhism or Hinduism gets treated in the US.

You're trying to tell me that all Zen Buddhists aren't insane martial artists who live in apocalyptic desert wastelands, and can make people explode by hitting them in the right place?
 
2012-06-05 08:50:59 AM

Loucifer: Okay... Mormons now slip to third in the category of world's craziest religions.


That's like being the 3rd wettest water.

/there is no sane part about believing magic is real
 
2012-06-05 09:08:46 AM
Christopher Moore unavailable for comment?

/Jesus invented the martial art known as Jew-Do, the Way of the Jew.
 
2012-06-05 09:14:22 AM

Raw_fishFood: Heck, I am surprised that there isn't an anime series about how Jesus was an immortal who hunted tentacle demons through time and space while hanging out with a gaggle of school girls who all want to bone him.


That's not entirely inconsistent with Christian dogma.
 
2012-06-05 09:17:25 AM

Silverstaff: However, secretly, it's all part of a plan by the "wandering Jew", a figure from medieval Christian folklore who supposedly taunted Jesus on the way to the Cross and was cursed with immortality until the end of the world. This wandering figure had spent 2000 years becoming wealthy and powerful, and now runs a secret super-powerful organization at the UN that has orchestrated all this as a master plan 2000 years in the making to bring on the apocalypse so his curse can be lifted and he can die.


Why is it that every story seems to have a curse that results in a nigh-unstoppable demi-god? Can't you just give them boils or something?
 
2012-06-05 09:31:41 AM
From the sound of what history I've heard is back when Tokugawa and a few other factions we're fighting over the shogunate one factions was christian and heavily influenced by westerners. From the sound of it it had turned into one of those I am the second coming kind of movements where the leader gets to all the booty he wants which explains the Blue eyes. Anyway eventually they lost. In a lot of stories I think the Christians get replaced with possessed by demons so it gets a bit muddled and either way they're pretty much always the bad guys. I'm not saying they weren't the bad guys but when the winners always get to write history. And when they kill everyone right down to cutting the babies out of pregnant women they can write pretty much any damn thing they want.
 
2012-06-05 09:45:43 AM

Farking Canuck: Loucifer: Okay... Mormons now slip to third in the category of world's craziest religions.

That's like being the 3rd wettest water.

/there is no sane part about believing magic is real


Kinda like believing that something was born out of nothing. Magic.
 
2012-06-05 09:53:27 AM

doglover: shivashakti: It's interesting. Read more here.

Allegedly, according to these Japanese, Jesus escaped crucifixion. His brother got crucified in his place...then Jesus went to Japan where he lived until the age of 106.

The Muslims and some early fringe Christian groups also believed Jesus didn't get crucified but had someone else go in his place.

And Japanese and Hebrew share 500 words that are eerily similar.

And there's a few temples in southern Japan that are old as dirt and laid out identical to Hebrew temples and certain religious practices from Israel are identical to certain festivals in Japan that predate contact between the cultures. There's also a mountain where it's quite possible the Ark of the Covenant, if it is real, was secreted when the lost tribe of Israel came to Japan.


Um, links?

/never heard this before...
 
2012-06-05 09:57:47 AM
Joke's on them. He's not actually dead -- he's been shacking up in the doghouse in my back yard. At first I was like: WTF Jesus?!? But then I grew to not mind as he does a good job keeping the edge weeds down. Though, it really pisses me off when he leaves the hose on -- I guess he likes the sound it makes (helps him sleep better).
 
2012-06-05 10:10:10 AM
I wonder if the people of Japan have heard the word.

images.tvrage.com
 
2012-06-05 10:13:18 AM

Silverstaff: BronyMedic: NetOwl: Raw_fishFood: Yeah, it's pretty crazy. I remember reading about this on Fark a few years ago, and it mentioned how Jesus was hiding from Tokugawa Ieyasu, despite the fact that it was some 1600 years or so after he died? It just sounds a little mad. Heck, I am surprised that there isn't an anime series about how Jesus was an immortal who hunted tentacle demons through time and space while hanging out with a gaggle of school girls who all want to bone him.

That's basically the plot to Evangelion.

Evangelion has a plot?

Yeah. . .

Adam (as in from Genesis) was immortal and alive into the 21st century, living in hiding in Antarctica. In 2001 a U.N. expedition discovered Adam and managed to capture him, but in the process he released a blast of divine energy so massive it melted the entire Antarctic ice shelf.

The UN covered it up saying it was a meteor impact, but the chaos caused by the sea level rising several feet pretty much instantly started a world war. Now, almost 14 years later, as the world recovers from the war, a secret agency of the UN has managed to create several clones of Adam, except the clones are 200 feet tall, and turned into heavily armored cyborgs that almost everybody thinks are mecha. The UN also managed to capture Lilith (Adam's first wife, before Eve, created as an equal. Mentioned very briefly as a "lamia" monster in the Christian Bible but expanded on in Hebrew scripture), and used cloned technology from her to augment the Adam cloned cyborg-mecha.

Around this time, angels descend from Heaven to retrieve Adam and Lilith. The UN fights a war with the angels to protect their prisoners.

However, secretly, it's all part of a plan by the "wandering Jew", a figure from medieval Christian folklore who supposedly taunted Jesus on the way to the Cross and was cursed with immortality until the end of the world. This wandering figure had spent 2000 years becoming wealthy and powerful, and now runs a secret super-powerful o ...


close but not quite.

'Adam' was the 'first angel' eventually, an example of what humans could have been, as designed by an ancient progenitor race millions of years ago. the other 'angels' are similar examples of what humans could have been, except larger, and more powerful.

Humans take our shape from the second angel, Lilith. The series later calls humans the Lilum as a result. Rei, who was a lilith/human composite clone, was the purest example of this.

The evangelions were cyborg clones of Adam, made from sample taken from him prior to the second impact events 15 years prior to the series start. To give them a controllable will, the souls of some of the original test pilots or others were removed and placed in them, under the guise of accidents. For every successful eva, there were literally dozens of failure prototypes. Nerv has a basement filled with their corpses.

The wondering jew part is correct though, if not clearly stated. The goal of the project was to merge all of mankind with Lilith, using Adams power, in order to make a single, god like being under the control of the council. they succeeded in the end, but instead of their control, or Gendo's, Rei granted control to Shinji, who ultimately rejected it and returned the world to mortality.

Currently, the series is running in the form of several films which have been hinted to take place some time in the future, as the cycle continues anew, and history repeats itself with characters very similar to their originals.
 
2012-06-05 10:35:03 AM

Antimatter:
close but not quite.

'Adam' was the 'first angel' eventually, ....
.... similar to their originals.


Wow, you went full nerd, and I still read the whole thing.
 
2012-06-05 11:00:17 AM
That's a mystery solved.
 
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