South Asian Christian Diaspora by Selva J. Raj, Knut A. Jacobsen

By Selva J. Raj, Knut A. Jacobsen

The South Asian Christian diaspora is basically invisible within the literature approximately faith and migration. this is often the 1st finished research of South Asian Christians dwelling in Europe and North the United States, featuring the most positive aspects of those diasporas, their group histories and their non secular practices. The South Asian Christian diaspora is pluralistic either when it comes to spiritual adherence, cultural culture and geographical parts of starting place. This ebook supplies justice to such pluralism and provides a multiplicity of cultures and traditions usual of the South Asian Christian diaspora. matters akin to the institutionalization of the spiritual traditions in new international locations, identification, the anomaly of belonging either to a minority immigrant staff and a majority faith, the social services of rituals, attitudes to language, generational move, and marriage and kinfolk existence, are all mentioned.

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Any account of the development of Britain’s South Asian community necessitates attention to three demographically major groupings. Accordingly, in terms of states of origin in the Indian sub-continent, we will look particularly at South Indian (mainly Keralite) Christians, Goan Christians and Punjabi Christians (from the Punjab states of present-day Pakistan and India). In denominational terms, we will be looking respectively at what may broadly be called ‘St Thomas Christians’ (including Syro Malabar rite Catholics) as well as at Roman Catholics and at Protestants of various denominations.

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According to The Goan Community of London Website (), there are over 6000 Goans in London alone, and the community has a historical association with the docks of East London. This is because, after the Portuguese acquisition of Goa in 1510, Goan seafarers became part of the Portuguese seafaring tradition for the East India Company. Goa was a favourite port, and its ships picked up Goan lascars (the Portuguese word for ‘non-European seamen’). The Goans of Mumbai (Bombay) became British subjects when the Portuguese Catherine of Braganza married Charles II in 1661, and Mumbai was subsequently loaned to the East India Company by Charles II.

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