The Relic State: St Francis Xavier and the Politics of Ritual in Portuguese India Pamila Gupta

ISBN: 9780719090615

Published: September 25th 2014

Hardcover

304 pages


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The Relic State: St Francis Xavier and the Politics of Ritual in Portuguese India  by  Pamila Gupta

The Relic State: St Francis Xavier and the Politics of Ritual in Portuguese India by Pamila Gupta
September 25th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 304 pages | ISBN: 9780719090615 | 4.73 Mb

This book is a study of the complex nature of colonial and missionary power in Portuguese India. Written as a historical ethnography, it explores the evolving shape of a series of Catholic festivals that took place throughout the duration ofMoreThis book is a study of the complex nature of colonial and missionary power in Portuguese India.

Written as a historical ethnography, it explores the evolving shape of a series of Catholic festivals that took place throughout the duration of Portuguese colonial rule in Goa (1510–1961), and for which the centrepiece was the incorrupt corpse of São Francisco Xavier (1506–52), a Spanish Basque Jesuit missionary-turned-saint.Using distinct genres of source materials produced over the long duree of Portuguese colonialism, the book documents the historical and visual transformation of Xaviers corporeal ritualisation in death through six events staged at critical junctures between 1554 and 1961.

Xaviers very mutability as a religious, political and cultural symbol in Portuguese India will also suggest his continuing role as a symbol of Goas shared past (for both Catholics and Hindus) and in shaping Goas culturally distinct representation within the larger Indian nation-state.



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