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Indian churches
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1. General framework

The early modern history of Indian Christianity began with the arrival of the Portuguese (1498, the landing of Vasco da Gama in Calicut). The Catholic mission initially worked within the patronage system of the Portuguese crown (Padroado). Ongoing conflicts led to an attempt to subject the indigenous Saint Thomas Christians to the Catholic hierarchy of the Padroado. The Holy See did not become i…

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Pinggéra, Karl, “Indian churches”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021324>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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