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The Denaming of Goans, Case Studies of Conversions in Medieval Goa discusses how and why Hindus of Medieval Goa converted to Christianity and lost their Hindu names in the process. You will learn if it was bribery, threats, torture, the Inquisition or other forms of duress that led to their conversion. Or if there were situations where the converted stood to benefit as much as the converters.
The role of the co-founder of the Jesuits and Patron saint of Goa, Francis Xavier, as well as the incorruptibility of his body and the autopsy report are analysed.
Using case studies, the book presents the varied approaches, strategies and stratagems adopted by the Ecclesiastical fraternity, the Jesuits foremost among them, to further their proselytising mission. The case studies describe how individual villages, royalty, heads of guilds (muqqadams), orphans and slaves as well as people in general were converted. And how once converted, the new Christians were discouraged and prevented from reverting to the Hindu religion.
The reader will also discover how Goans betrayed fellow Goans thereby aiding the Christian Ecclesiastics in their conversion drive.
The reader will learn about the role that the Konkani language played in the conversion of Hindus of medieval Goa.