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Translation During the Christian Century in Japan

Christian Keywords in Japanese

Aldo Tollini    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia     ORCID iD



This essay presents examples of translation of keywords of the Christian doctrine translated by Jesuit missionaries during the so-called ‘Christian century’, when Europeans undertook the conversion of the Japanese, between the second half of the 16th century and the first part of the following. The purpose is to highlight the difficulties of translation between very distant and different cultures, and the strategies that were devised in order to overcome the problems.

keywords: Christian lexicon. Translation. Medieval Japan. Jesuit missionaries. Kirishitanban.

Language: en

Submitted: July 30, 2018   Accepted: Sept. 10, 2018   Published: Dec. 31, 2018  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-311-3/001

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