Hindu-catholic encounters in Goa: Religion, colonialism, and modernity

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    Abstract

    The state of Goa on India's southwest coast was once the capital of the Portuguese-Catholic empire in Asia. When Vasco Da Gama arrived in India in 1498, he mistook Hindus for Christians, but Jesuit missionaries soon declared war on the alleged idolatry of the Hindus. Today, Hindus and Catholics assert their own religious identities, but Hindu village gods and Catholic patron saints attract worship from members of both religious communities. Through fresh readings of early Portuguese sources and long-term ethnographic fieldwork, this study traces the history of Hindu-Catholic syncretism in Goa and reveals the complex role of religion at the intersection of colonialism and modernity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherIndiana University Press
    Number of pages215
    ISBN (Print)9780253013002, 9780253012876
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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    Colonialism
    Modernity
    Goa
    Religion
    India
    Southwest
    Idolatry
    Patron Saint
    Deity
    Religious Communities
    Ethnographic
    Mistakes
    Religious Identity
    Worship
    Village
    History
    Field Work
    Coast
    Asia
    Syncretism

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    Hindu-catholic encounters in Goa : Religion, colonialism, and modernity. / Henn, Alexander.

    Indiana University Press, 2014. 215 p.

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