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Bernardo Elvino de Sousa
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Genre: Religion & Spirituality, History
Language: English
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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.

About the Author

Bernardo Elvino de Sousa was born in Cottarbhat - Aldona, Bardez, Goa, India on 13th August 1945, attended St. Thomas' High School Aldona and the latter three years until SSC in Loyola High school, Margao.
He obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) degree from Bombay University in Chemistry (principal) and Physics (subsidiary) through St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.
He completed his higher education with the title of Dr. of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, with a thesis in organic photochemistry.
After post-doctoral research in Fribourg with a Ciba-Geigy research grant, he joined Ciba-Geigy Ltd. in Basel, Switzerland, as a research scientist and retired from Huntsman Corporation in September 2010 as Director, Global Product EHS Management.
During his 34 years serving the chemical industry, the author has held various executive positions notably in the areas of Product Safety and Quality Management. He has many scientific publications to his credit. Post retirement, he served in Quality management and Product safety projects and also as an auditor for Quality Management systems and Lead Assessor for the Swiss Business Excellence Award.
The author is married to historian Vinita née Veloso, from Badem - Salvador do Mundo, Goa.
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Other books by the author:
The Last Prabhu
A Hunt for Roots: DNA, Ancient Documents and Migration in Goa

Book Details

Publisher: Independently published
Number of Pages: 276
Dimensions: 6"x9"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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shenoisid 2 months ago Verified Buyer

Goan history by a Swiss-Goan scientist

The book is extremely meticulously researched and all the information gleaned so painstakingly has been documented and presented cogently with all the sources listed at the end of each chapter.

It has a surprising amount of historical information even for seasoned readers of Goan history.Even academics and scholars of Goan history will be surprised at the extent of Dr.Bernardo’s research and the interesting bits of information that he has discovered and scrupulously documented .

Apart from the exhaustiveness ,quality of the research ,what stands out is the integrity with which the book is written –not a shred of bias or attempt to distort history.This is both refreshing and reassuring to those who regard history (at its core),as hard facts and evidence rather than falsehoods and conspiracy theories masquerading as ‘narratives’ and ‘interpretations’ propagated by different camps depending on their political and religious leanings.

Needless to say-a must read.

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