Dear BG, Since u provide book references claiming that …
Comment posted Lifestyle of Kerala Syrian Christians by Jackson.
Since u provide book references claiming that it is impossible for a Christian migrant group to arrive in Kerala before 345 AD, let me ask you a few questions. Why does it become impossible first of all ?
History says vaguely of trade relations of Middle-east with India since times of Solomon (~1000 BC). How if there were no trade routes for traffic ? By Airways ? Hope you also know of the Hippalus trade winds discovered in 45 AD which further boosted trade between western coast of India and Meditteranean world and middle-east. The writers and travellers u have mentioned themselves describe all this. So also St. Thomas is said to have arrived in kerala by such a trade route. And if St. Thomas could come here why does it become so very impossible for other Jewish Christians from middle-east to accompany him in his mission or for whatever reasons ? Logical isn’t it ? Read the entire History of Kerala from 1st century or before and not just post-portuguese and post-Knanaya history u will know of the different people having made kerala their home since old or atleast landed here for trade or whatever reason. Kerala/South India was not alien to the rest of the world and neither did Knanayas or Marco Polo make it famous.
And why did the Knai Thoman group have to come to Kerala only if this was an unknown land ? They were fleeing persecutions and coming to Malabar. Why did they choose to come to Kerala if it was an alien land with alien people ? The answer may be .. because they must have been aware of their kinsmen or other Jewish Christians already peacefully existing here and flourishing (The group I already described). And India was never hostile to Jews. Will a person fleeing persecution wish to go to an alien land where none of his own people reside and is not sure of his safety ? Again logical isn’t it ? Think over it ….. Need not reply and debate because I don’t want to. I only make you think.
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