Joseph Chacko (Chennai)
Till yesterday I believed in many myths
I was told by my priests and bishops that I am a Syro-Malabar Rite Catholic whose ancestors were baptized into Christianity by St. Thomas the Apostle. And I believed them.
They told me that, St Thomas came to India in AD 52. He converted 72 Brahmin families to Christianity by convincing them with Majic tricks. (He would have been at least 84 years old at that time.)
They told that he constructed seven and a half churches in Kerala from North to south when there was no cement or bricks and travelled to Chennai in an age when there was no bullock cart or roads.
They wrote that he was stabbed by a native at Little mount in Chennai and he ran to St Thomas mount and died there at an age of 104 years.
When the historians said that Brahmins entered Kerala only after 6th century, they changed the Brahmins in the story to Jews who had been already in Kerala for trading.
I remember the story “Entuppappackoru Anendarnnu” by Vaikom Muhamed Basheer. In the story the heroine Patthumma imagines that there will be some marks on her hips too because her grandfather had an elephant.
Any way I thought that I was a high caste one above the Latin Catholics whom my grandmother called ‘The Mukkavar’– the fishermen.
Jesus Christ asked his disciples “Who do you say that I am? “ Peter replied “You are the Son of living God”.
Jesus has told us that we are the children of God the Father and now I know who am I.
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