The Christians of Kerala: A Brief Profile of All Major Churches

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A.K. Thomas, 1993 - Christian sects - 118 pages
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Syrian Christians claim to have a kingdom. The Noticias of India, at the time of the arrival of the Portuguese, mentions the chief of Mangat, a few miles to the east of Cochin, and the chief of Parur, a few miles to the north, as the rulers of importance; it also states that the country surrounding Cochin was in the hands of Kaimals. To the south-east lay the small but important principality of Vadakkumkur. A few miles to the east of Cochin was the Brahmin principality of Edapalli, and to the south the peninsula of Shertallay was divided between 73 petty lords.’’ (Noticias da India- Vol.1,p.p.225-230). Although Chieftains and principalities are mentioned, there is absolutely no reference to Vallarivattom. So it was a figment of Imagination and the fable was created by Syrian Christians just to show their importance to win the favor of the Portuguese. Scholarly research has not found any official or authentic record about Valaripattopm kingdom. It is further claimed that Pope Eugene sent envoys to the king of Vallarivattom with a letter. But the envoys never reached Kerala and the letter is also missing. It is quite improbable that a Roman Pope would write a Nestorian, heretic king of Vallarivattom, if at all a king had existed. When the Dutch came Syrian Christians told them about a copper plate granting privileges to another fictitious figure, Thomas of Cana. The Dutch searched for the copper plate to write a history of Malabar. But a Syrian priest told them that it was all a lie. The Dutch Governor, Moens, says that a Syrian Priest has confessed to him that “although he was born in Malabar, had grown up among the Syrian Christians, and even be one of their priests, nothing of the sort was known to him, so that the search for this written patent was vain…” Ref. A. Galletti, The Dutch in Malabar, Madras, Government Press, , 1911, p.173. In all probability Valaripattom kingdom was also another hoax to claim royal descent like the other claims of Nambudiri and Jewish descent for Syrian converts.. 



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