Dear Babu George: Would you be able to give …
Comment posted Mission of Pantaenus in India and Saint Bartholomew, the Apostle in India by John Mathew.
Dear Babu George:
Would you be able to give an exhaustive list of every Jewish custom that the Nasranis followed, to your knowledge?
Although some of what you’ve written does not demonstrate anything (e.g., prayer five/seven times a day, is a feature of Christianity as well, that is still maintained by rigorous followers of the eastern/western rites), I think that there are many interesting observations (e.g., that the Nasrani’s observed OT dietary laws).
I’d like to know more because based on what I understand about our history, there are some distinct strains of peoples that seem to have produced the Nasranis:
1) the ethnic Persian followers of East Syriac Christianity that migrated and populated Kerala at various points in history.
2) Jews that, for some reason or another, merged with the Nasranis. The best example would be those Nasranis from the northern areas, Trichur, Kunnamkulam, Arthat, etc., who still maintain some “memory” of their Jewish past. But also, there are examples of grandparents who spoke of Kosher-like laws (e.g., not to mix milk and meat).
Note: This is apart from my own personal theory of the Southists being Black Jew converts to Christianity in the 15/16th century. Even if that is not true, and there is some other origin for the Southists, there is still the fact that many Nasrani families recall stories Jewish ancestry from their ancestors. And there is the presence of the J2 Cohen Model Haplogroup amongst some Nasrani families as well.
So I’m very interested in learning of true Jewish customs that existed amongst the Nasranis.
I recall reading an article about Jewish Malayalam, and learned that it contained many archaic names for God that are Jewish formulations in Tamil. As far as I know, those names are not used by the Nasranis:
“Another significant feature is the abundance of archaic Dravidian derivatives to denote Jewish concepts. The best examples are names for God, many of which are loan translations from Hebrew. Jews, Muslims, and Christians share the most popular form Thampuran ‘Lord’. Jews and Muslims share Padachavan ‘creator’. But Mulamudayon ‘the one at the beginning’, Oruvanayavan ‘the only one’, Sadakan ‘the doer’, Adimulamvayavan ‘the one who is the root cause’, and Adiperiyon ‘the great beginner’ are words for God used only by Jews. The typical Jewish concept of redemption is expressed by a special word coined from a Dravidian root “mil,” according to well-accepted morphological rules: Milcha ‘redemption’ and Mirchakaran ‘redeemer’ are frequently found in JMFS but are non-existent in general Malayalam. JMFS are full of variants of these two Malayalam words, sometimes altered beyond recognition.”
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