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Manacheans and Nasrani in Malabar

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  • Tsharpmin7@aol.com
    hi Mike/PMCV... 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2005
      hi Mike/PMCV... 
      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 here
      about Manicheans, however where there's smoke there's fire?  both groups
      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 political
      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 the
      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 [[Christ]],
      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]] 24:5. 
      It was they who called themselves as ''Nasrani Katholikos Khristianos''
      (Nasrani [[Catholic]] Christians) for the first time in [[Antioch]] to denote
      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 non-Jewish
      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.  They
      preserved the original rituals of the early Jewish Christians, such as
      covering their heads while in worship.  Their ritual services (mass) was and
      still is called as ''Qurbana'' (also spelled as Kurbana) which is derived from
      the hebrew word ''[[Korban]] '' meaning ''Sacrifice''.  Their ritual service used
      to be held on Saturdays in the tradition of the Jewish [[Sabbath]].  The
      Nasrani Qurbana used to be sung in the Suryani ([[Syrian]]) and [[Aramaic
      language]]s.  They also believed that it was the [[Roman Empire|Romans]]
      who killed Jesus because, historically, Jesus was crucified; the official form
      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 all
      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 "living
      fossils" of the Christian-Jewish tradition, lost their very defining ethos.
      your friend,
      Crispin Sainte III
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