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The relic state: St Francis Xavier and the politics of ritual in Portuguese India

Pamila Gupta


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 in Goa throughout the duration of Portuguese colonial rule in India (1510-1961), and for which the centrepiece was the “incorrupt” corpse of São Francisco Xavier, a (Spanish Basque) Jesuit missionary (1506–1552)-turned-saint (1622). Using distinct genres of source materials produced over the long duree of Portuguese colonialism in India (Xaverian biographies, European travelogues, r ... More

Keywords: Goa, Portuguese India, Jesuits, Estado da Índia, St. Francis Xavier

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090615
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamila Gupta, author