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

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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 of Portuguese colonial rule in Goa (1510-1961), and for which the centrepiece was the 'incorrupt' corpse of Sao 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 ...

The Relic State: St Francis Xavier and the Politics of Ritual in Portuguese India 2014, Manchester University Press, Manchester

ISBN-13: 9780719090615

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