Lethargic IITian
Musings of a 20-something lethargic IITian on India and Catholicism.

Monday, May 20, 2002  

My classmate and friend of old, Saiju Matthew Stephen (who hails from Uzhavoor in Kerala), sends me this link on the Knanaya Catholics. The Knanaya Community are descendents of a group of 400-odd Jewish-Christian emigrants from Southern Mesopotamia who came to Kerala in AD 345. Although they are administratively part of the Syro-Malabar Church, the Knanaya Community has its own distinct traditions, culture and spirituality. Despite being such a small community (today they number about 200 000), they have managed to preserve most of their customs and culture. One interesting feature of the Knanayite culture is endogamy - marriage within the community only. The site Saiju sends mentions several other distinct traditions of the Knanayaites.

Incidentally, Indian President K.R. Narayanan also hails from Uzhavoor. Check out www.uzhavoor.com.

posted by Kensy | 3:53 AM
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Hinduism as a religion
Pederasty and the American Church
Caste in Indian Christianity
Syro-Malabar engagements
Syro-Malabar weddings
Divine Retreat Centre
Varsha Bhosle and Ideological Relativism
Anti-Conversion Ordinance and the Church stance
Self-Righteous Rightism
The Hindutva Attack on St. Francis Xavier
Varsha Bhosle and the Church (U-turn)
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