Caste in the Catholic Community in Kerala: A Study of Caste Elements in the Inter Rite Relationships of Syrians and Latins

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Department of Sociology, St. Teresa's College, 1982 - Caste - 289 pages
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In the article Milestones of Latin Catholics, it is written, “However those who received the Christian faith in the first century kept it for their own communities and were reluctant to share it with other communities with whom they did not want to associate due to the prevailing caste system.” “The prevailing caste system,” has been a wrong belief due to the consistent propaganda by Syrian Christians that they are the descendants of upper castes like Nambudiri, Jew, Assyrian and Nair. When St. Thomas came to Kerala in 1st century AD, there were no Nambudiris and therefore their claim of Nambudiri descent is false. They claim that Thomas of Cana who was alleged to have come to Kerala was a Jew. But Thomas was a fictitious figure. He is said to have brought 72 families. In those days women would not travel on unsafe ships to distant countries. Even Vasco da Gama did not bring his wife. Thomas of Cana, according to Armenian records, was an Armenian merchant. So the claim of Jewish descent is also false. There was no Assyrian migration to Kerala at the time of persecution. They migrated to Iraq, Turkey and Persia. So this is also a fake claim. Nairs forced Christians in those days to work in their paddy fields (oozhiyam service). There is no record for Nair conversion. Bur Missionary records of CMS clearly show untouchables such as Ezhavas, mukkuvas, dhobies, barbers and slaves were converted in Kottayam, Mallappally, Pallam, Alappuzha, Kottarakkara, Mavelikara, Chengannur, Mundakkayam, Thiruvalla and Adoor.Their descendants are now attending CMS (CSI) churches, calling themselves Syrian Christians. So they are also, like Latin Catholics, belong to lower castes 


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