In India (Goa), the Portuguese colonizers killed thousands of innocent Hindus for centuries in the name of the Catholic Inquisition through the 1800s. And when Indians did convert but were suspected of still retaining some faith towards another religion, they were still imprisoned, publicly flogged, burned at the stake, tortured, and/or executed.
The Portuguese also burnt Indian books in Sanskrit, Arabic, Marathi and the local Konkani language. Just let that part really sink in... And ask yourself whose versions of history were likely to have made it alive throughout the past centuries, if the Goan Indians were not only persecuted but stripped from their ability to record and read in their own language?
Y pa' colmo? Almost all of the Goa Inquisition records were burned by the Portuguese when the inquisition was abolished in the 1820! 😨Portugese haven't just been forgetting... they overtly and intentionally buried the cruel truth of their colonial past. Ooof. Obviously we can say this about so many other colonizers (no #whataboutism). But today we're talking about Goa.
So when you visit these historical churches in Goa, consider taking a moment to acknowledge the fuller history out of respect to the thousands of local lives that were cruelly lost for it. And consider taking another moment to admire the deep cultural resilience, resistance and richness in India today despite centuries colonization.
Who else felt a pang of sadness learning about this history and connecting it back to Latin America, the Spanish Inquisition, and the ways our own history/culture have been shaped by similar events?#travelingwhilemulticultural #dominicanabroad