Tuesday 1 October 2013

San Lorenzo Ruiz and the Shogun

San Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila died in Japan, together with others. I guess he was part of the Christian Century, or rather of the shutting up and closing down of Japan after that century under the Shogun, the one called Toranaga in Clavell's book. And Gonsalo Garcia too, probably. Lorenzo was hung upside down, so that he eventually suffocated to death. Which was probably prolonged by the fine Japanese art of making little slits on the temples so that blood could drip out, drop at a time.... 

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