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The Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
(Konkani: Goenche Katholik) are an ethno-religious community of Roman Catholics
Roman Catholics
and their descendants from the state of Goa, located on the west coast of India. They are people of the Konkan Coast and speak the Konkani language. Portuguese seafarers arrived in Goa
Goa
in 1510, and Catholic
Catholic
missionary activities soon followed, as Pope Nicholas V had enacted the Papal bull
Papal bull
Romanus Pontifex
Romanus Pontifex
in 1455, which granted the patronage of the propagation of the Christian faith in Asia
Asia
to the Portuguese. The Edict of the Goa
Goa
Inquisition and the Portuguese–Maratha wars are notable events in their history which led to the migration of many Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
to neighboring regions, especially Mangalore. Velliapura family of Velim, Goa
Goa
practiced Nasrani
Nasrani
sect welcomed the missionaries in Salcete
Salcete
'Shasti' and reconverted, most Goans remained in their homeland and converted to Christianity. Their Feni, a native liquor,[13] distinct Portuguese-Goan cuisine and various contributions to music as well as literature are well-known.[14] Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
have also served many top ranking government institutions across the world, three of the notable being the current Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa
António Costa
and the British MP's, Keith Vaz
Keith Vaz
and Valerie Vaz. The culture of the Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
is a blend of Indian- Hindu
Hindu
and Portuguese-Christian cultures, with the latter having a more dominant role due to Goa
Goa
being a part of Portugal for over 450 years. The notion of Goan identity as a distinct culture among other Luso-Asians
Luso-Asians
or Luso-Indian
Luso-Indian
cultures was forged into India after the annexation of Goa
Goa
in 1961. However, contemporary Goan- Catholic
Catholic
culture can be best described as an increasingly Anglicized Indo-Latin culture and is widely seen as distinct, both in India
India
and the rest of the world. The Goan Catholic
Catholic
diaspora is concentrated in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, the Lusophone world, especially Portugal, and the Anglophone
Anglophone
world, especially United Kingdom, Canada, Australia
Australia
and the United States.[15] Many Goan Catholics speak English as their first language and their ability to easily integrate and absord other cultures is widely appreciated. Music is an integral part of their lifestyles and Goa
Goa
has produced famed musicians like Lorna Cordeiro
Lorna Cordeiro
and Remo Fernandes.

Contents

1 Ethnic identity 2 History

2.1 Pre-Portuguese era 2.2 Portuguese era 2.3 Modern era

3 Geographical distribution 4 Culture

4.1 Architecture 4.2 Cuisine 4.3 Names and surnames 4.4 Language and literature 4.5 Traditions and festivals 4.6 Costumes and ornaments 4.7 Society

4.7.1 Caste 4.7.2 Occupation

4.8 Performing arts

5 Organisations 6 In popular culture 7 See also 8 Citiations 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Ethnic identity[edit] The Roman Catholics
Roman Catholics
who originate from the present state of Goa, a region on the west coast of India, and their descendants are generally referred to as Goan Catholics. After the Portuguese possession of Goa in 1510, the Portuguese consolidated their power by imposing their own government and cultural traditions some of which are still retained in Goa. Many pre-Portuguese Hindu
Hindu
(and some Islamic) traditions were adapted or retained by the Goan Catholics. This often includes the Hindu caste
Hindu caste
system although it is not widely practiced. Throughout the Portuguese Empire
Portuguese Empire
a large part of civic administration (e.g. registration of birth, marriage and death, schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc.) was initially maintained by the religious orders and it is still possible to find these records with the Catholic
Catholic
church in Goa. All Goans born before 1961 were Portuguese citizens by birth and many present-day Goans and their descendants are reclaiming their ancestral right.[16] During the late 1800s, there began a large-scale emigration of Goan Catholics to Bombay, in search of employment opportunities. The British saw them as Portuguese and favored them in administration due to their ease in the use of English and predominantly western culture. At this time Bombay
Bombay
was part of the British Empire and there existed another established Luso-Indian
Luso-Indian
community; the East Indian Catholics, who were former residents of Portuguese Bombay
Bombay
prior to being granted to the English East India
India
Company in the seventeenth century. Because the Goan and East-Indian communities were converted to Christianity
Christianity
by the Portuguese, the British referred to them as "Portuguese Christians."[17] They share the same churches, attend many of the same religious functions and shared Portuguese surnames and culture (specifically the Goans).[18] The naming customs specifically in regards to surnames is still Portuguese, however, anglicized first names are more prominently used today. On 3 February 1951, to avert international criticism, Portugal
Portugal
amended her Constitution to declare Goa
Goa
as an overseas province of Portugal.[19][20] After Goa
Goa
was merged into the Indian Union
Indian Union
in 1961, Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
continued to distinguish themselves as "Goan" as they found it hard to adapt to the term "Indian".[21] Under Portuguese nationality law, Goans born before 1961 in the then Portuguese territory of Goa
Goa
are entitled to Portuguese citizenship. As per the law of Portugal
Portugal
this is extended up to 2 generations, that is to their children and grandchildren.[22] All naturalised citizens from Goa receive their citizenship through descent (Jus solis) from Portuguese parents or grandparents. Distanced from Portugal
Portugal
after the seventeenth century Goans, like the people of Macão and Timor, Goans had been left much to their own affairs with a higher degree of independence, although still a part of Portugal. Goans moved considerably to other parts of the Portuguese Empire, and metropolitan Portugal
Portugal
and it is possible to find Goans with roots in America, Africa, Europe as well as Asia. After 450 years of being a part of Portugal, during the first post-Liberation years, Goans found it difficult to embrace their new status as part of India and many emigrated to other nations (predominately western), a trend that often continues to date.[23] However, Goan-Catholics in India today are proud of their Portuguese-Indian Catholic
Catholic
culture, their Konkani language
Konkani language
and their role in modern multi-religious India. However many aspects of their social and religious life are deeply enshrined in their exquisite western heritage. For instance they celebrate Carnival
Carnival
(western practice) before lent and their religious scripture ( Catholic
Catholic
church) is only written and conducted in the Latin script. Even their language takes a lot from Portuguese in terms of syntax or loan words. History[edit] Main article: History of Goan Catholics Pre-Portuguese era[edit] Pre-colonial Goan history includes Hindu, Buddhists and Islamic religious phases. It was believed till recently that there was no concrete evidence that Christianity
Christianity
prevailed in Goa
Goa
before the Portuguese arrived, but it was believed that St. Bartholomew, one of the twelve Apostles
Apostles
of Jesus
Jesus
Christ, brought the Gospel and spread it in Konkan, including Goa, just as St. Thomas had done in Kerala
Kerala
and Tamil Nadu, in Southern India.[24] However, the work of the historian Jose Cosme Costa, Apostolic Christianity
Christianity
in Goa
Goa
and in the West Coast (Pilar, Goa: Xavierian Publication Society, 2009), makes a case for the existence of Christianity
Christianity
in Goa
Goa
before the arrival of the Portuguese. He speaks of Goa
Goa
as a trading centre with the Middle East and with Rome). He suggests that the Apostle Thomas might have made his way over land from northern India
India
to Kerala. He also examines the evidence of the Apostle Bartholomew having done more or less the same thing. Ch. 6 is dedicated to the examination of Pre-Portuguese references to Christianity
Christianity
in Goa. Ch. 7 examines the vestiges of Pre-Portuguese Christian Customs in Goa
Goa
and the Konkan. Ch. 8 concludes the book with the "latest archaeological discovery": a "Thomas Cross" hidden in a smallish monument, surmounted by a Latin Cross, near the old Goa harbor. The Thomas Cross bears an inscription in Pahlavi, which, Costa reports, was the liturgical language of the church associated with the Metropolitan of Fars.[25] Costa also suggests that the 'Betal' worshipped quite commonly in Goa
Goa
is a corruption of 'Bartholomew'. Fr H.O. Mascarenhas, reports Costa, even proposed that there were Christian temples dedicated to the persons of the Trinity: Abanath / Bhutnath (Father Lord), Ravalnath (from Rabboni – Rabulna – Rabulnath) / Bhai rav (Brother Lord), and Atman / Bhavka Devta, Santeri, Ajadevi (Spirit).[26] What then happened to this early Christianity, if it did exist? Costa proposes that the Portuguese destroyed the vestiges and forcibly assimilated these Christians to their own form of Christianity. Those who resisted were among those who fled Goa, he says. It could also be when the zealous Bahmani Muslim empire ruled over Goa. Portuguese era[edit] Main article: Christianisation of Goa

Inquisition1783

Afonso de Albuquerque
Afonso de Albuquerque
was the first Portuguese explorer who landed in Goa
Goa
on 25 January 1510.

The Portuguese came to India
India
with the ambition of capturing the Asian trade to Europe through the Arab world
Arab world
and by-passing the traditional Silk Route
Silk Route
from China to Europe. They also hoped to create an empire and propagate Christianity. The Portuguese first reached the west coast of India
India
in 1498 when Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama
landed at Calicut.[27] On 25 November 1510 Afonso de Albuquerque
Afonso de Albuquerque
conquered Goa
Goa
from the Sultan of Bijapur and made it their headquarters since 1530.[28] By 1544 the Portuguese conquered the districts of Bardez, Tiswadi, and Salcette.[29] Around the same time Pope Nicholas V
Pope Nicholas V
enacted the Papal bull Romanus Pontifex. This bull granted the patronage ("Padroado") of the propagation of the Christian faith in Asia
Asia
to the Portuguese and rewarded them a trade monopoly in newly discovered areas.[30] Trade was initiated shortly after Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama
arrived in India
India
in 1498, but the Portuguese were initially not interested in converting the locals. The Catholic
Catholic
Church was granted the responsibility of missionising in Asia, and all missionaries had to call at lisbon before departing for Asia. In Goa
Goa
different orders were designated different areas, with the internationally powerful Society of Jesus
Society of Jesus
or Jesuits
Jesuits
granted to Salsette province in the South, and the Franciscans granted the northern province of Bardez. Carmelites, Dominicans, and Augustinians
Augustinians
were also present in Portuguese Goa.

The Sé Cathedral dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, in Old Goa, was built by the Portuguese in 1510. It is one of the oldest churches in Goa
Goa
and one of the largest in Asia. It also holds a miraculous cross that is venerated to date.

In 1534 the Diocese of Goa
Goa
was created from the Diocese of Funchal
Diocese of Funchal
to serve as a common diocese for the western coast of India, including Goa
Goa
and the area in and around Bombay.[31] Missionaries of the newly founded Society of Jesus
Society of Jesus
were sent to Goa; the Portuguese colonial government supported the Catholic
Catholic
mission with incentives for baptised Christians. They offered rice donations for the poor, good positions in the Portuguese colonies for the middle class, and military support for local rulers.[30] Many Indians were converted opportunistic Rice Christians who continued to practise their old religion. The Portuguese, in their efforts to keep Christian purity, insisted the converts should avoid anything Hindu. Portuguese rulers insisted the natives should adopt foreign food habits and dress. They also gave European names to the natives. But Konkani Christians wanted to preserve their language, culture and manners. At the same time the Portuguese colonizers in Goa
Goa
imposed excessive taxes on the native Christians. The taxes were so huge that in 1642 some native Goans sent a memorandum to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. In 1542 St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier
of the Society of Jesus
Society of Jesus
arrived in Goa[29] and noticed the newly converted Christians were practising their old (often pagan) customs and traditions.[32][33] The Portuguese built various churches; the most notable are Basilica of Bom Jesus
Jesus
(Basílica of Child Jesus) built during the sixteenth century—a UNESCO World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
dedicated to the Infant Jesus[34]—and the Se Cathedral, the largest church in Asia
Asia
dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, the construction of which was started in 1562 during the reign of King Dom Sebastião
Dom Sebastião
and completed in 1619. It was consecrated in 1640.[35] The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church (Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceição Igreja) was built in 1540. The Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi (Igreja e Convento de São Francisco
Francisco
de Assis), Church of Lady of Rosary (Igreja da Senhora do Rosário), Church of St. Augustine (Igreja de Santo Agostinho), and St. Michael's Church, Anjuna (Igreja São Miguel em Anjuna), built in 1613,[36] were also erected during the Portuguese reign.[37][38] Modern era[edit] Main article: Indian annexation of Goa In 1787, inspired by the French Revolution, several Goan Catholic priests, unhappy with the process of promotion within the Church and other discriminatory practices of the Portuguese, organised the Pinto Revolt against the Portuguese. This unsuccessful action was the first open revolt against the Portuguese from within Goa. Britain gained control of Goa
Goa
twice, the first time in 1797–1798 and the second time from 1802 to 1813. In 1843 the capital was moved to Panjim and by the mid 18th century the area under occupation by the Portuguese expanded to Goa's present-day limits. In 1900 there were 262,648 Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
in Goa
Goa
and 200,144 Hindus.[39] By 1921 it was estimated that 200,000 out of 670,000 Goans, mostly Christian, resided outside Goa.[40] On 1 May 1928 the Diocese of Goa
Goa
was renamed and was promoted to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa
Goa
and Daman ( Goa
Goa
e Damão). It is the oldest diocese in terms of activity in the East, with its origins linked to the arrival of the Portuguese on the Malabar Coast. The Metropolitan Archbishop
Archbishop
of Goa
Goa
and Daman also uses the title of Primate of the Indies or Primate of the East
Primate of the East
and honorifically receives the title of Patriarch
Patriarch
of the East Indies. By this time the Portuguese Empire
Portuguese Empire
had started declining and further resistance to their occupation in Goa
Goa
started gaining momentum. When the rest of India
India
gained independence in 1947, Portugal
Portugal
refused to relinquish control of Goa. On 18 December 1961 India
India
moved in with troops and after hostilities that lasted 36 hours the Portuguese administration was forced to surrender. On 30 May 1987 Goa
Goa
was elevated as India's 25th state.[41] By 1960 Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
accounted for 224,617 (36 percent) of the total population in Goa.[14] During the early 20th century, they started migrating to other parts of India, especially to Mumbai[42][43] and Bangalore
Bangalore
in the 1920s and 1930s.[44] They also started migrating to Portuguese territories, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[43] Today, Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
form 30 percent of Goa's total population.[43] During the 1970's coastal communication increased between Bombay
Bombay
and Goa, after introduction of ships by the London-based trade firm Shepherd. These ships facilitated the entry of Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
to Bombay.[45] Geographical distribution[edit]

Distribution of Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
in India

According to the 2001 census there were around 359,568 Christians in Goa,[2] and most of them are Roman Catholics
Roman Catholics
following the Latin Rite.[citation needed] Many Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
live in Mumbai
Mumbai
and Bangalore. In the 1960s there were around 100,000 Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
in Bombay, of which 90,000 were in urban Bombay, and 10,000 in suburban Bombay.[3] Other regions of India
India
which have a small proportion of Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
are Delhi, Calcutta, Madras, Pune, Ahmednagar, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Nasik, and Ranchi. Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
are also found abroad, either as Non-resident Indian and Person of Indian Origin (NRIs), with some people born abroad.[46] They are found in Arab states of the Persian Gulf
Arab states of the Persian Gulf
in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait.[47] Some have migrated to the Anglophone
Anglophone
world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, the USA,[15] Australia
Australia
and New Zealand. In 1954 there were around 1,000,000 Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
in India and 1,800,000 Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
outside Goa. Before the First Gulf War (1990–1991) there were probably around 150,000 Goans outside India.[1] There are 100,000 Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
in Portugal.[48] A large number are found in Karachi, Pakistan.[49] Recent emigrants are found in Germany and Austria.[50] In 1999 the Goan Overseas Association, the Canorient Christian Association, and other Goan associations estimated that there were around 23,000 Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
in Canada, out of which 13,000 were in Ontario.[10] During 1954 it was estimated that there were 20,000 Goan Catholics in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, while 30,000 were living in Pakistan, out of which 10,000 were settled in Karachi.[9] In 1931 it was estimated that there were around 1,772 Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
in Tanzania[7] of which 700 were in Dar es Salaam.[8] In Uganda
Uganda
during 1931, there were around 1,124 Goan Catholics,[5] out of which 500 were settled in its capital of Kampala.[6] Prior
Prior
to the 1960s it was estimated that there were around 5,000 Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
in Nairobi, Kenya.[4] By the 20th century there were around 6,000 Goan Catholics in London,[11] while in 2001, 9,000 were present in Swindon, United Kingdom.[12] Culture[edit] Main article: Culture of Goan Catholics Architecture[edit] Main article: Architecture of Goan Catholics

A traditional Portuguese-influenced villa of a Goan Catholic
Catholic
family

Goan Architecture is heavily influenced by Portuguese styles, a result of being a territory of Portugal
Portugal
for over 450 years. Houses influenced by Indian architecture
Indian architecture
were inward-looking with small windows and roofed with Mangalore
Mangalore
tile. Houses were constructed with walls of wooden planks, mud, laterite brick, or stone.[51] Most of these houses were rebuilt or refurbished from the mid-18th to the 20th century, and replaced by buildings with a mix of neo-Classic and neo-Gothic styles. Contemporary urban and rural housing display a strong Portuguese influence. It shows a variety of laterite brick structures and Mangalore
Mangalore
tiled-roofed houses with steeply sloped roofs, design features common to houses in Portugal. Sometimes the walls are made of wooden planks, mud, or brick and stone. Inside the house a spacious hall is present, while outside there is a large porch in front. A plinth that indicates the owner of the house is present in front of the house. Courtyards are present in front of the houses, consisting of a grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Blessed Virgin Mary
and a Holy Cross made of hard laterite clay.[52] Cuisine[edit] Main article: Goan Catholic
Catholic
cuisine

Prawn curry

Coconut, coconut oil, and are common ingredients in most curries. Sorpotel—meat cooked in a spicy sauce—is one of the most popular dishes of the Goan Catholic
Catholic
community. Other popular meat preparations include beef Xacuti, Chouriço (pork sausages), Vindaloo, Pork Indad, and Assado de Leitoã (roasted pork).[53] Canja de galinha and Chicken Cafreal are well-known chicken dishes.[54] Fish curry and rice form the staple diet of Goan Catholics.[55] Par-boiled rice, also known as red rice (Ukdem in Konkani), is the traditional rice eaten and preferred over raw rice. Feni, a country liquor made from cashew apples, is a popular alcoholic beverage.[56]

'Patoleo' are the pièce de résistance of the Assumption feast celebration.

Patoleo
Patoleo
(sweet rice cakes steamed in turmeric leaves consisting of a filling of coconut and palm jaggery) are prepared on the Feasts of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Blessed Virgin Mary
on 15 August, São João (Nativity of Saint John the Baptist) on 24 June and Konsâcheñ fest (harvest festival) which occurs across Goa
Goa
during the month of August.[57] Kuswad
Kuswad
is a term used for the sweet delicacies prepared during Christmas which include Kulkuls, Neuries and Perada.[58] Names and surnames[edit] Main article: Goan Catholic
Catholic
names and surnames Bilingual names, having variants in both Konkani and English, like Mingel (Michael) and Magdu (Magdalene) are common among Goan Catholics.[59] Portuguese surnames like D'Souza, Rodrigues, Fernandes and Pinto, are common among Goan Catholics. Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
use the native language Konkani forms of their surnames in Konkani-language contexts, along with their English forms in English-language contexts, such as Soz, Rudrig, and Pint instead of Sousa, Rodrigues, and Pinto.[60] Some families use their original Konkani Brahmin
Brahmin
surnames such as Prabhu, Kamat, Naik, Shet, and Shenoy.[61]

Goan Catholic
Catholic
variant English variant Portuguese variant Meaning Sex

Koinsanv Concepcion Conceição Immaculate Conception Female

Foransik Francisco Francisco French (man) Male

Zuvanv John João God is gracious Male

Bosteanv Sebastian Sebastião Revered Male

Mori Mary Maria Beloved Female

Rakel Rachel Raquel Ewe or one with purity Female

Anton Anthony António Flower Male

Isâbel Elizabeth Isabel / Elisabete My God is my oath Female

Zoze Joseph José The Lord will add Male

Source: English-Konkani Dictionary[59] and A History of Konkani Literature: From 1500 to 1992 (2000)[60]

Language and literature[edit] Main articles: Konkani language, Portuguese Language, and Literature of Goan Catholics

Cover of Doutrina Christam by Fr. Thomas Stephens, published work in Konkani and other Indian languages

Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
speak the Konkani language, which is central to the community's identity.[62] Konkani is an Indo-Aryan language
Indo-Aryan language
belonging to the Indo-European family of languages, which is spoken predominantly on the west coast of India.[63] According to linguists this dialect is largely derived from Maharashtri Prakrit and is similar to Bengali in terms of pronunciation.[64] This dialect has a significant infusion of Marathi and Kannada loanwords.[65] The Ethnologue
Ethnologue
identifies this dialect as the "Goan" dialect.[66] Portuguese influence can be seen in the dialect's lexicon and syntax.[67] 1,800 Portuguese lexical items are found in the Goan Catholic
Catholic
dialect.[68] The syntactic patterns adopted from Portuguese include mostly word order patterns, such as the placement of the direct and the indirect object and of the adverb after the verb, the placement of the predicate noun after the copula, and the placement of the relative or reduced relative clause after the head noun. There are, however, some transformations as well among these patterns.[69] Such syntactic modification is most evident in this particular dialect. It is observed only in the written word and in formal speech such as sermons.[70] In recent times, more and more periodicals have abandoned the Portuguese syntactic patterns.[71] The dialect is significantly different from the dialect spoken by the Hindu
Hindu
Goans not only with respect to Portuguese influence, but also with respect to grammatical and lexical characteristics.[72] The origin of their literature dates to 1563, when the first Konkani grammar was published by Fr. Andre Vaz at St. Paulo College at Old Goa. In 1567 the first Konkani-Portuguese dictionary was published by missionary priests at Rachol, Goa.[64] In 1622 Thomas Stephens, an English Jesuit, published Doutrina Christam em Lingoa Bramana Canarim (Christian Doctrines in the Canarese Brahmin
Brahmin
Language), which was the first book in Konkani and any Indian language.[73] On 22 December 1821 the first periodical, Gazeta de Goa
Goa
( Goa
Goa
Gazetteer), edited by Antonio Jose de Lima Leitao, was published. On 22 January 1900 the first Portuguese newspaper, O Heraldo, was started by Prof. Messias Gomes. It was transformed into an English daily in 1987.[74] Periodicals such as Amcho Ganv (1930) by Luis de Menezes, Vauraddeancho Ixxt (1933), a weekly by Fr. Arcencio Fernandes and Fr. Gracianco Moraes,[75] Aitarachem Vachop, a Konkani weekly run by the Salesians,[76] and Gulab by Fr. Freddy J. da Costa were published in Goa.[77] Konkani-Portuguese perodials such as O Concani, a weekly by Sebastiāo Jesus
Jesus
Dias, Sanjechem Noketr (The Evening Star) (1907) by B.F. Cabral, O Goano (1907) by Honarato Furtado and Francis Futardo, and Ave Maria (1919) edited by Antonio D'Cruz were published in Bombay.[75] In February 1899 Udentenchem Sallok (Lotus of the East) by Eduardo J. Bruno de Souza, the first Konkani periodical, was published as a fortnightly in Poona. The first Konkani book in the Devanagri script, Kristanv Doton ani Katisism by Dr. George Octaviano Pires, was published in Sholapore in 1894.[78] Fr. Ludovico Pereria's monthly Dor Mhoineachi Rotti (Monthly Bread) was published in Karachi
Karachi
in 1915.[76][79] In 1911 the first Konkani novel, Kristanv Ghorabo (Christian Home), was published.[80][81] Modern literature is diverse and includes themes such as historical awakening in Lambert Mascarenhas' Sorrowing Lies My Land,[82] feminism in Maria Aurora Couto's Goa: A Daughters' Story,[83] and fantasy in Nandita da Cunha's The Magic of Maya.[84] On 4 June 2006 the Archdiocese of Goa
Goa
and Daman released the first Konkani Bible
Bible
in Roman script.[85] Minority of Goans of Luso-Indian
Luso-Indian
descent speak Daman and Diu Portuguese. Traditions and festivals[edit] Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
have retained many Indian customs and traditions.[86] Ros (anointing) ceremony, held one or two days before a wedding, involves the parents, relatives, and friends blessing the bride and groom, who are anointed with ros, a mixture of coconut juice and coconut oil.[87] Later, it is followed by the Resper (Nuptial Blessing in Church) and finally the Kazar (wedding) and Vor (wedding party). The women at a Goan Catholic
Catholic
wedding generally wear gowns or dresses while the men (including the bridegroom) are attired in western-style suits. Contemporary Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
typically have a White wedding, with the bride wearing a western-style virgin-white wedding gown. The bridal entourage usually consists of the maid of honour, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, ringbearer boys, and flower girls. Ballroom dancing and live western-style band music are an integral part of a Goan Catholic
Catholic
wedding reception. Other traditions include Soirik (betrothal),[88] Amontron (wedding invitation), and Mudi (engagement) ceremony.[89] Indian traditions include adorning the bride with the Saddo (red dress or sari), which is to be worn on the first day after the marriage. It is also the name of the ceremony of cutting and sewing the dress.[90] The Chuddo (a ceremony during which bangles are worn by the bride),[91] Bhuim jevonn (a ritual meal in honour of the ancestors) or Bikariam jevonn (a meal for the poor or beggars),[92] the Opsun divnchem (giving away the bride formally by the father or the guardian of the bride), the Appoune or Porthopon' (invitation to the bride's house), and Konsachem fest (harvest festival) that involves blessing of new harvests are other Goan Catholic celebrations.[93] The mass was celebrated in Latin; the Homily was delivered to the congregation in Konkani.[94]

Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
participating at the Intruz (Goan Carnival), late 20th century

In addition to common Christian festivals like Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter, the community celebrates many other festivals of religious and historical significance. The Zagor (nocturnal vigil in Konkani), mainly celebrated in Siolim, in Bardez
Bardez
taluka, is a festival highlighted by dance, drama and music.[95] The Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, one of the major festivals of the Goan Catholics, is celebrated on 3 December annually to honour the saint's death.[96] Monti or Moti Fest, which commemorates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a major festivals celebrated on 8 September, especially in Chinchinim, Goa.[97] The festival derives its name from the Monte Mariano Church at Farangipet in South Canara, and was initiated by Joachim Miranda, a Goan Catholic
Catholic
missionary priest at Farangipet in 1763. He later introduced the festival in Goa.[98] Milagres Saibin is the feast of Our Lady of Miracles, celebrated at the Mapusa, Goa.[99] The Goa
Goa
Carnival
Carnival
is another major festival in Goa, highlighted with color, songs and music.[100] In the event of the death of a Catholic
Catholic
Goan, a traditional funeral is arranged. The funeral includes prayer at the house of the deceased, a band or musical procession (orchestra) leading the mourners in a procession to the Church where the catholic mass is held and the burial in the Catholic
Catholic
cemetery. The family of the deceased person, wear complete black attire for at least a month. After thirty days (one month from the date of the funeral), a month's mind mass (One month death anniversary mass) is held. Costumes and ornaments[edit] In the past, Goan Catholic
Catholic
women wore a hol, a white sheet over their saris, while going to Church.[101][102] In the early period of Portuguese rule, Goan Catholic
Catholic
women were married in whites saris (hol) and changed into a red dress or sari, known as saddo, at home.[103] Women of the upper strata wore the Fota-Kimao after the Church ceremony. Fota was a blouse made of red velvet and satin with a black border and embroidered with gold thread.[87] Accessories used along with the fota included a variety of jewellery worn on the head, ears, neck, and arms. The fator was an ornament that consisted of a green stone between two corals held by double chains. Together with the fator, women wore a set of five intricate chains known as contti, and other chains. Women wore bangles known as nille with matching carap on their ears. They also wore few small chains from the ear to the head, combs made of gold (dantoni), silver, or tortoise shell, and rings on every finger.[104] During the later period of Portuguese rule, women got married in Western clothes. The Cordao (wedding necklace) was a necklace of with two black-beaded chains reminiscent to the Hindu
Hindu
Mangalsutra, interspersed with roughly twenty gold coins, which formed a gold pendant, often in the shape of Jesus
Jesus
or the cross.[105] A widow had to wear black clothes for the rest of her life and was not allowed to wear ornaments.[106][107] Society[edit]

A typical white Sant Khuris (Holy Cross) of a Goan Catholic
Catholic
family, constructed using old-style Portuguese architecture

Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
retained the same caste system which their ancestors had followed. A village in Goa
Goa
was known as Ganv, its freeholder was the Ganvkar, and Ganvkari included the Ganvkars' village associations and co-operatives. Village communities were known as Ganvponn,[1] which the Portuguese referred to as Comunidades.[108] Caste[edit] The community was divided into five castes: Bamonns, Chardos, Sudirs, Gauddos, Mahars, and Chamars. The Bamonns (the Konkani word for Brahmins) were originally members of the priestly caste, and had taken up various occupations like agriculture, trade, commerce, and goldsmithy.[citation needed] Several sub-castes, such as the Goud Saraswat Brahmins, the Padyes, the Daivadnyas, the goldsmiths and some merchants, were lumped into the Christian caste of Bamonn.[citation needed] The Chardos (the Konkani word for Kshatriyas) were converts from the Kshatriya
Kshatriya
(military/ royal class) caste, and included a few members from the Vaishya
Vaishya
caste (merchant class). Those Vaishyas who were not incorporated into the Chardo caste were called Gauddos, and formed the fourth group. The artisan converts formed the third-biggest group and were known as Sudirs (labour class). The Dalits or "Untouchables" who converted to Christianity
Christianity
became Mahars and Chamars, who formed the fifth group. They were later merged to the Sudirs.[109] The Christian converts of the aboriginal stock known as Gavddis were termed Kunbi.[109] Although they still obeserve the caste system, they consider it the unhappiest heritage of their pre-Christian past.[1] Occupation[edit] After conversion, the most preferable occupation of Goan Catholic
Catholic
men was that of working on a ship, while others served as officers to the Portuguese, became doctors, architects, lawyers, or businessmen.[110] Agriculture was mainly done by orthodox women, since they were skilled farmers, while orthodox men practised carpentry, constructing Churches and other structures for the Portuguese.[110] In the late seventeenth century, many women had received education and became employed as teachers or factory workers.[citation needed] Other crafts and industries were nonexistent.[110] Performing arts[edit]

A still from Frank Fernand's monochrome Konkani film Amchem Noxib

On 24 April 1950, Mogacho Aunddo (Desire of Love), the first Konkani film by Al Jerry Braganza, was released at Mapusa, Goa.[78] Frank Fernandes, whose stage name was Frank Fernand
Frank Fernand
(1919–2007; born in Curchorem, Goa), was a renowned film maker and musician and is remembered for his movies like Amchem Noxib
Amchem Noxib
(Our Luck) in 1963 and Nirmonn (Destiny) in 1966.[111] Other films produced in Goa
Goa
include Bhunyarantlo Monis (Cave Man) and Padri (Priest).[78] Remo Fernandes, a singer and musician, was the first person to introduce fusion music in India.[112] The Konkani hymn Asli Mata Dukhest, which was translated into Konkani from the Latin hymn Stabat Mater, is sung during Lent. Jocachim Miranda, a Goan Catholic
Catholic
priest, composed Riglo Jezu Molliant (Jesus entered the Garden of Gethsemene) during his Canara mission. Diptivonti, Sulokinni, an eighteenth-century Konkani hymn, was performed at a concert held in the Holy Spirit Church, Margao, Goa.[113][114] Other hymns composed by Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
include Dona Barrete's Papeanchi Saratinni (Sinners Repent), Carlos Jrindade Dias' Sam Jose Bogta Bagvionta, and Fr. Pascal Baylon Dias' San Francisco Xaveria.[115][116] Konkani pop music became popular after Indian Independence. Chris Perry and Lorna Cordeiro
Lorna Cordeiro
are known for the Bebdo (Drunkard) in 1976[117] and Pisso (Mad) in the 1970s, while Frank Fernand's Konkani ballad Claudia from 1966 is popular.[118] The Mando, a contemporary form of dance music, evolved in Salcette
Salcette
in the first half of the nineteenth century out of wedding music, specifically the Ovi.[78] The songs in this style are serene and sedate, generally a monologue in the Bramhin Konkani dialects of the South Goan villages of Loutolim, Raia, Curtorim, and Benaulim. They are traditionally sung during the Shim (bridal departure) ceremony.[119] Early composers of the Mando were Ligorio de Costa of Courtarim (1851–1919) and Carlos Trindade Dias.[115] Deknni is a semi-classical dance form. One woman starts the dance and is later accompanied by other dancers. The Mussoll (pestle dance), believed to be first performed by the Kshatriyas of Chandor, commemorates the victory of King Harihara II (son of King Bukka I of the Vijaynagar Empire) over the Chola Empire
Chola Empire
at Chandrapur
Chandrapur
fortification in the fourteenth century.[120] Other dances are the Portuguese Corridinho and Marcha.[121][122] Dulpod is dance music with a quick rhythm and themes from everyday Goan life.[123] Fell is a music genre performed by men and women during the Goa
Goa
Carnival.[123] Other dances performed at the Goan Carnival
Carnival
are Fulwali, Nistekaram, Vauradi, and Kunbi.[124][125] The Ghumot
Ghumot
is a musical instrument played, especially during weddings, and is used while performing a Mando.[126] The instrument has the form of an earthen pot that is open at both sides. One end is covered with the skin of some wild animal, and the other is left open.[127] Konkani Plays, known as Tiatr, a form of classic stage performance with live singing and acting, were written and staged in Goa. The form evolved in the 20th century with pioneer tiatrists such as Jao Agostinho Fernandes (1871–1941).[47][115][128][129] Tiatr's themes include melodramas about family and domestic life, with each lyricist offering his own explanation for life's varied problems. Tiatrists include Prince Jacob[128] and Roseferns, and in the past M. Boyer, C. Alvares, and Alfred Rose. On 17 April 1982 the first tiatr Italian Bhurgo by Lucasinho Ribeiro was staged in Mumbai.[78] In 2007, the Government of Goa
Goa
started the Tiatr
Tiatr
Academy to facilitate the development of the Tiart.[130] The tradition Of Voviyo, ancient folk songs that were sung by women during a Ros, began prior to 1510 A.D. The tradition had to be discarded due to Portuguese prosecution, and the songs now live in the form of archives.[131] The few which still prevail are recited to this day at weddings, expressing lofty sentiments that give vent to the feelings of the people about the marriage partners and their families and invoke the blessing of God on them like machlies.

“ Adeus Korchu Vellu Paulu ("The Farewell Hour is here") Adeus korchu vellu paulo. The time of farewell is now here Ai mhojem kalliz rê fapsota. Oh! my heart begins to fear (Repeat previous two lines) Dispediru korchea vellar, At this moment of saying farewell, Ho sonvsar naka-so disota. In this world I no longer wish to dwell. (Repeat previous two lines)

— Torquato de Figuerio (1876–1948), Mando taken from the book Greatest Konkani Song Hits Vol. 1, arranged by Francis Rodrigues, p. 24

Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
have also played an important role in Bollywood
Bollywood
music. (See Goans in Hindi film music composition) Organisations[edit] Goenkaranchi Ekvot is a registered organisation of Goan Catholics residing in Delhi.[132] In Bangalore, associations such as the Karnataka Goan Association serve the community.[133] The Kuwait Konknni Kendr is a well-known Goan Catholic
Catholic
organisation in Kuwait.[134] The Goan Overseas Association in Toronto,[135] Indian Catholic
Catholic
Association of Central Texas, the Indo-Pakistani Christian Association,[136] and the Canorient Christian Association are popular organisations in North America.[137] In the United Kingdom, Goan Voice UK,[138] the Young London
London
Goan Society (YLGS),[139] Goan Community Association, and Siolim
Siolim
Association, based in London, are popular organisations.[140] In the Middle East, the Goan Community of Oman is well known.[141] In popular culture[edit]

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Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
have been a part of many Bollywood
Bollywood
(Hindi cinema) films owing to their musical skills.[142] They are seen in many films playing Goan Catholic
Catholic
families and speak Hindi with a Goan accent.[143]

In 1977, Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan
portrayed an orphan child (Anthony Gonzalves) adopted by a Goan Catholic
Catholic
priest in the Bollywood
Bollywood
film Amar Akbar Anthony. "My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves," a song from the film featuring Kishore Kumar, became a hit.[144] The character was based on Anthony Gonsalves, a Goan Catholic
Catholic
musical composer and teacher from the village of Majorda (near Margao
Margao
in Goa) who, during the mid-1950s, attempted to merge the symphonies of the Goan Catholic heritage with the Hindustani melodies and rhythms in films of the day.[145] Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) centred on the tragedy of a Goan Catholic
Catholic
family of deaf-and-mute parents with a normal daughter who falls in love with a Hindu
Hindu
boy.[146] Jeete Hain Shaan Se
Jeete Hain Shaan Se
(1988): Johnny (Mithun Chakraborty), a Goan Catholic, loves Julie (Mandakini), who is also a Goan Catholic.[147] Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
(1994): Sunil (Shahrukh Khan) falls in love with Anna (Suchitra Krishnamoorthy), a Goan Catholic
Catholic
girl from Goa.[148] Josh (2000): Set against the backdrop of Goa
Goa
and Goan Catholic culture, Josh is a story about energy, youth, love, and the zest for life. Max (ShahRukh Khan), a cool Goan Catholic
Catholic
dada (gangster), is the leader of the Eagle gang, which is up in arms with the new inhabitants of the town of Vasco, Prakash (Sharad Kapoor), and his gang. The gangs revel in this enmity and love to show off their strength to each other. Max's twin sister is Shirley (Aishwarya Rai), who is also a Goan Catholic.[149] My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves (2008): Many characters in this movie are of Goan Catholic
Catholic
lineage; there is the hero himself (Anthony), an orphan taken in by mobster Sikander (Malhotra), and Anthony's friend Mike, a petty thief.[150] In the film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
(2007), Boman Irani plays Oscar Fernandez, a Goan Catholic. He and his wife Naheed (Shabana Azmi) have recently married. They are middle-age and the target of constant mocking from everyone. They intend to have a great journey and not be bothered by their difficult pasts. This is their second marriage.[151] In the film Golmaal Returns
Golmaal Returns
(2008), Gopal (Ajay Devgan) ends up getting stuck on a yacht after saving a woman named Meera (Celina Jaitley) from some gangsters. When he returns home his wife Ekta (Kareena Kapoor) begins to suspect him. He lies and says that he was stuck with a fictitious friend, "Anthony Gonsalves". Trouble comes when the actual Anthony Gonsalves (Vrajesh Hirjee) and his wife Julie (Rakhi Tandon), a Goan Catholic
Catholic
couple, turn up.[152] In the movie King Uncle
King Uncle
(1993), Ashok Bansal's (Jackie Shroff) girlfriend and secretary Fenni (Anu Agarwal) is of Goan Catholic origin. In the movie Rock On!!
Rock On!!
(2008), Arjun Rampal
Arjun Rampal
plays Joseph Mascarenhas, lead guitarist for the band 'Magick', who is of Goan Catholic
Catholic
origin. In the movie Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
(2009), Jenny (Katrina Kaif) and her family is of Goan Catholic
Catholic
origin.

Goan Catholics Notes

Adeodato Barreto Indo-Portuguese poet and writer[153]

Abade Faria 19th century priest[154]

Teresa Albuquerque Historian

Alfred Rose Singer, Tiatrist

Bruno Coutinho Indian Arjuna Award
Arjuna Award
winning footballer[155][156]

Charles Correa Architect[157]

Claude Moraes Member of the European Parliament
Member of the European Parliament
for the Labour representing London elected in 1999 and re-elected in 2004 and 2009[158]

Dinesh D'Souza American writer and public speaker[159]

Dom Moraes Indian poet, writer and columnist[160][161]

Eduardo Faleiro Former member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament[162]

Evarist Pinto Archbishop
Archbishop
of Karachi, Pakistan[163]

Francisco
Francisco
Luís Gomes Indo-Portuguese physician, politician, writer, historian, and economist[164]

Ivan Dias Archbishop
Archbishop
of Bombay
Bombay
from 8 November 1996 – 20 May 2006, Prefect of Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Rome[165]

Keith Vaz British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Leicester East[166]

Valerie Vaz British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Walsall South[167]

Luís de Menezes Bragança Journalist, writer and anti-colonial activist

Oswald Gracias Cardinal, Archbishop
Archbishop
of Mumbai[168]

Pio Gama Pinto Kenyan
Kenyan
independence-era journalist and politician. He was assassinated on 25 February 1965[169]

Leander Paes International tennis player[170][171]

Lorna Cordeiro Goan Konkani language
Konkani language
singer and tiatrist[172]

Nicole Faria First woman from India
India
to win Miss Earth[173]

Remo Fernandes Indian singer and musician[174]

José Gerson da Cunha Indo-Portuguese physician, orientalist, historian and numismatist[175]

Froilano de Mello Indo-Portuguese microbiologist, medical scientist, professor, author and independent MP in the Portuguese parliament[176]

Wallis Mathias Pakistani ex-cricketer[177]

Anthony Mascarenhas Exposed war crimes in East Pakistan
Pakistan
that altered international opinion. Won international journalism awards[178]

Jerry Pinto Writer

Patricia Rozario Mumbai-born British soprano OBE[179]

Joseph Vaz Catholic
Catholic
missionary, "Apostle of Sri Lanka", ministered to Sri Lankan Catholics persecuted by Dutch colonial regime

See also[edit]

Christianity
Christianity
in India
India
portal Catholicism portal Goa
Goa
portal

Christianity
Christianity
in Goa Mangalorean Catholics Portuguese India

Citiations[edit]

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