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Diamper, Synod of
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(1599). In 1599, in Diamper (Udayamperur), Kerala (South India), a synod took place, which led to the more or less compulsory inclusion of the Indian St. Thomas Christians (Malabar Christians) in the Portuguese colonial church. Archbishop Aleixo de Menezes of Goa drafted the decrees of the synod to the last detail and had them translated into Malayalam. The synod commenced on Jun 20, 1599 with a few Jesuits, 153 “cattanars” (native priests), and 660 lay representatives of the St. Thomas Christians. Although it had been understood that all decrees wou…

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de Souza, Teotonio R., “Diamper, Synod of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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