Dear Antony: When you click the link to the …
Comment posted ‘Jornada of Dom Alexis de Menezes: A Portuguese account of the Sixteenth century Malabar’ edited by Dr. Pius Malekandathil by John Mathew.
When you click the link to the book (above), on the top left of the page there will be a tab to “Read this book”. Click it, and you should be able to see images from the book.
On the right side of the page, you’ll see links to download the pdf, and also to “View plain text”.
Grab the pdf, if you desire. To translate, go to view plain text. Then you can copy and paste the pages from the book into Google translate (set the translator to go from German to English, obviously) and read a pretty decent translation.
Most of the good details from Germann (e.g., about Manichaeans in Kayamkulam, etc.) seems to be almost a verbatim copy of Whitehouse (with the Protestant bias). I haven’t found the part with actual dates yet, though…
Are there any other important books on this topic from the 17th/18th centuries? I’d really like to learn what ‘field work” was actually done to get such fantastic dates for Churches (e.g., 5th/10th century etc.).
At this point, I have a hard time believing any of these Churches go past the 14th century … and the same for the open air rock crosses: is it possible they were, rather than being native and ancient, just built by the Portuguese? Do the European Catholics have a tradition of open air rock crosses? How about the Church of the East/Chaldeans?
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