it just so happens, in today's "Did you know..." section of their home page
(they post some of their newest articles there), Wikipedia presents an
article about the Nasrani you might fine interesting. there's nothing
about Manicheans, however where there's smoke there's fire? both
inhabiting the Malabar region? i was completely unaware of these
Nasranis and find it tantalizing that they appear to have laid blame upon
Rome for killing Jesus, which is in line with what i tend to think was also
the line taken by the original Jerusalem church. i think it was a
killing and became mythologized as a religious deicide. i don't think
Christianity of the Pauline variety could have survived if they didn't let
Romans off the hook. how bloody unfortunate for the Jews.
the following excerpts were cropped from Wikipedia @
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrani_Menorah.Did you know:
==Christian Jewish tradition==
These early [[Christian]] [[Jew]]s believed in the [[Jesus]] as the
but followed Jewish traditions and called themselves as ''[[Nazarene]]s''
or ''Nazrani'' (meaning Jews who followed the [[Messiah]] from
[[Nazareth]]). The terms ''Nazarenes'' and ''Nasrani'' was first
mentioned in the [[New Testament]] in [[Acts of the Apostles|Acts]]
It was they who called themselves as ''Nasrani Katholikos Khristianos''
(Nasrani [[Catholic]] Christians) for the first time in [[Antioch]] to
themselves as "Jewish followers of the universal assembly of Christ from
Nazareth." (Acts 11:26). The term ''nasrani'' was used essentially to
denote Jewish followers of Jesus from Nazareth, while the term
''Khristianos'' or (christian) was initially used largely to refer to
people who followed the Christ.
Until the advent of the Portuguese in the [[1500s]], the
proto-Jewish-Nasrani ethos in Kerala thrived with Jewish customs and the
Syrian-Antiochian tradition intertwined with South Indian customs.
preserved the original rituals of the early Jewish Christians, such as
covering their heads while in worship. Their ritual services (mass)
still is called as ''Qurbana'' (also spelled as Kurbana) which is derived
the hebrew word ''[[Korban]] '' meaning ''Sacrifice''. Their ritual
to be held on Saturdays in the tradition of the Jewish [[Sabbath]].
Nasrani Qurbana used to be sung in the Suryani ([[Syrian]]) and [[Aramaic
language]]s. They also believed that it was the [[Roman
who killed Jesus because, historically, Jesus was crucified; the official
of execution of the Jews was typically stoning to death, while the official
form of execution of the Romans was [[crucifixion]].
The Judeo-Nasrani tradition of the Syro-malabar Nasranis was wiped out
when the Portuguese invaded Kerala, and denounced the Nasrani
account of Christian faith as false. They imposed their rituals and liturgy
and obliterated the Jewish legacy from the Nasrani tradition. Most of
they burned the Nasrani Aramaic ''Peshitta'' bible known today as the
''Lost Aramaic Bible'', and imposed the [[Roman Catholic]] idea that the
[[Jew]]s killed [[Jesus]]. The ''Nasranis'', who were till then the
fossils" of the Christian-Jewish tradition, lost their very defining
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