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Vasco da Gama's arrival

"Christianity’s rapacious evangelical agenda has caused, and will continue to cause, incalculable damage to humanity’s spirit. Because of its steadfast conviction that it is “universal” and that it can transplant itself into any culture at any time and any place, as if it were somehow making things they way they should be, Christianity fails to recognize the damage it is inflicting upon religion as a collective human experience when it compromises the integrity of other faiths. Just as industrialization has caused countless environments across the globe to erode due to overpopulation, pollution and massive clear-cutting efforts, I believe that Christianity’s ruthless evangelization efforts that resulted in the destruction of countless religious traditions has caused a spiritual erosion of sorts around the world." 

                           - By Tim Mitchell - Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Destiny

The Dum Diversas, issued by Pope Nicholas V in 1452, authorized King Alfonso V of Portugal to reduce any "Saracens (Muslims) and pagans and any other unbelievers" to perpetual slavery, thereby ushering in the West African slave trade.

The Romanus Pontifex, also issued by Pope Nicholas V in 1455, sanctioned the seizure of non-Christian lands, and encouraged the enslavement of non-Christian people in Africa and the Americas. Specifically, it gave the green light to "invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed," all for profit, and in the name of Jesus Christ.

The Inter Caetera, signed by Pope Alexander VI in 1493, states, "... we (the Papacy) command you (Spain) ... to instruct the aforesaid inhabitants and residents and dwellers therein in the Catholic faith, and train them in good morals." This papal law sanctioned and paved the way for European colonization and Catholic missions in the New World. These three edicts opened the floodgates for everything that followed, the raping, pillaging, kidnapping, genocide and enslavement of millions. They established the groundwork for the global slave trade of the 15th and 16th centuries, and the Age of Imperialism.

(source:  The Color of Law On the Pope, Paternalism and Purifying the Savages - By David A. Love).

Before the Portuguese arrived, Calicut was reported to be larger than Lisbon, and the people of India, even though "heathen," were recognized to possess a complex civilization. 

The Christian missionary enterprise in earnest started with the dogged efforts of Don Henry the Navigator ( 1394-1460), the third son of the king John I of Portugal. Henry was a militant Christian fired with a bitter hatred for infidels. He was obsessed with the idea of reaching and converting Indian, and believed that he had received a command from God for this purpose. He had at his disposal the immense wealth of the Order of Christ of which he was the Grand Master. In 1454 Pope Nicholas V issued a Bull granting to the King of Portugal "the right, total and absolute, to invade, conquer, and subject all the countries which are under rule of the enemies of Christ, Saracens or Pagan...."

Issue of suzerainty

Portugal and Spain towards the end of the 15th Century were at loggerheads as to who should claim suzerainty and where. The pope was invited to give a ruling. According to the Treaty of Tordesillas (signed in June 1494) it was agreed that everything beyond the meridian of longitude passing 370 leagues west of Cape Verde Islands was to be exploited by Spain. All the world to the east of the 'Pope's Line' went to Portugal; this embraced Africa and the entire India Ocean. The Treaty of Tordesilhas: the insouciant division by the Pope of the globe into two parts, one for Spain, the other for Portugal and the unilateral, overnight declaration of ownership over unknown lands and peoples. The treaty showed Europe's pathological drive to power, its demented urge to intervene and impose itself on the lives of others.

To say that the Pope of the Catholic Church is not responsible for the atrocities committed by the Portuguese is to fly in the face of facts. The Papal Bull had allocated the two halves of the world to Spain and Portugal. The kings of Portugal fitted and sent several naval expeditions to India, and King Dom Manoel "assumed for himself the title of "The Lord of the Navigation, Conquest and Commerce of Ethiopia, Persia, and India." Henceforward Portugal became the base of the missionary enterprise in Asia. 

(source:  Asia and Western Dominance - By K. M. Panikkar p. 25 -280). Refer to Jesus Christ: Artifice for Aggression - By Sita Ram Goel. 

Refer to Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress - By Howard Zinn.

Until Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to the East in 1497-1499, the "West knew little about India let alone the countries further east. It is not that there was no awareness of India in the West, meaning thereby mainly Europe. Marco Polo had come visiting India and there certainly was a lively trade between north India and central Asia. Indian silk, among other commodities, was justly famous. So were Indian spices. It was India's misfortune that it should have been 'discovered' by a Portuguese sailor with criminal intentions.

India's first major contact began when Vasco da Gama landed with gunboat and priests. The newcomers were not only merchants but also devout Christians. They had the pope's mandate to convert heathens in the lands they conquered. They found that the natives had a flourishing religion of their own. They destroyed their temples. 

Vasco da Gama came with twenty five ships under his command, of which ten of them contained "much beautiful artillery, with plenty of munitions and weapons! During his visit to Calicut he found twenty trading ships in the harbor. Vasco da Gama plundered them and the 800 odd crew were taken prisoners''.

Notes author Richard Hall: "With Calicut at his mercy ... da Gama told his men to parade the prisoners then hack off their hands, ears and noses. As the work progressed all the amputated pieces were piled in a small boat. The Brahmin who had been sent out by the Zamorin as an emissary was put into the boat amid its new gruesome cargo. He had also been mutilated in the ordained manner". 

As soon as Vasco da Gama was back in Lisbon after his first successful contact with India, the Groce King of Portugal, Dom Manuel, adopted a new and pompous title of "The Lord of the conquest navigation and commerce of Ethiopia, Arabia, Persia and India". Obviously, the safeguard this lordship and ensure his patent he hurriedly conveyed the news of the discovery of the "spices and christians" of India to the royal rivals of Castille and to The Holy See in Rome.

(source: Western Colonialism in Asia and Christianity - edited by Dr. M.D. David p. 11).
Refer to Things They Don't Tell you about Christianity.

For Cruelty inflicted by Christianity - Watch Constantine's Sword movie - By Oren Jacoby

The historian Gaspar Correa is quoted by Hall as to what the Vasco da Gama did next, thus:

"When all the Indians had thus been executed (sic), he ordered them to strike upon their teeth with staves and they knocked them down their throats; as they were put on board, heaped on top of each other, mixed up with the blood which streamed from them; and he ordered mats and dry leaves to be spread over them and sails to be set for the shore and the vessels set on fire... and the small, vessel with the friar (brahmin) with all the hands and ears, was also sent ashore, without being fired".

A message from da Gama was sent to the Zamorin. Written on a palm leaf, it told him he could make a curry with the human pieces in the boat.  And the atrocities committed by Vasco da Gama and his men lives in infamy. The story is one of brutality, betrayal and colonial ambition.

(source: Empires of the Monsoon: A history of the Indian ocean and its invaders - By Richard Hall p. 198). Refer to Jesus Christ: Artifice for Aggression - By Sita Ram Goel and Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth.

"The fathers of the Church forbade the Hindus under terrible penalties the use of their own sacred books, and prevented them from all exercise of their religion. They destroyed their temples, and so harassed and interfered with the people that they abandoned the city in large numbers, refusing to remain any longer in a place where they had no liberty, and were liable to imprisonment, torture and death if they worshipped after their own fashion the gods of their fathers." wrote  Sasetti, who was in India from 1578 to 1588. 

(source: Forgotten Empire (Vijayanagar) - By Robert Sewell p. 211). The Portuguese reign was devoid of scruples, honor and morality. 

For Cruelty inflicted by Christianity - Watch Constantine's Sword movie - By Oren Jacoby. Refer to Documentaries - The Holy Inquisition – History Channel and Secret Files of the Inquisition – PBS.  Watch video - Church's Inquisition -Torturing Those Who Disagreed (1 of 6). Refer to Index of Forbidden Books and Mexican Inquisition


Grim Reminders of European Barbarity



Nazi brutality looks like picnic here

Hall gives a vivid description of what Vasco da Gama did next which is too gory even to contemplate. When the Zamorin sent another Brahmin to Vasco to plead for peace, "he had his lips cut off and his ears cut off". The ears of a dog were sewn on him instead and the Brahmin was sent back to Zamorin in that state. The Brahmin -- no doubt a Namboodiri had brought with him three young boys, two of them his sons and the other a nephew. They were hanged from the yardarm and their bodies sent ashore. 

(source: Where the missionaries come in - Now, Vasco da Gama's misdeeds - By M.V. Kamath - Empires of the Monsoon: The History of the Indian Ocean and its invaders; by Richard Hall; Harper Collins; pages 575).

This article has been featured at the end of this chapter).

Within decades of their occupation of small coastal parts, they had destroyed, according to their own records, 601 temples in 131 villages--all important Christian Orders taking part in this pious work. Franciscan friars destroyed 300 Hindu temples in Bardez, Jesuits 280 in Salsete.   

Francis Xavier had come to India with the firm resolve of uprooting paganism from the soil of India and planting Christianity in its place. His saying and doings have been documented in his numerous biographies and cited by every historian of the Portuguese episode in the history of India. 

(source: History of Hindu-Christian Encounters - By Sita Ram Goel ISBN 9990049173 p. 10). Refer to Jesus Christ: Artifice for Aggression - By Sita Ram Goel

St. Francis Xavier
whom the Catholic Church hails as the Patron Saint of the East, participated in this meritorious work, wrote back home:

 "As soon as I arrived in any heathen village, when all are baptized, I order all the temples of their false gods to be destroyed and all the idols to be broken to pieces. I can give you no idea of the joy I feel in seeing this done."

According to a Christian historian, Dr. T. R. de Souza

" At least from 1540 onwards, and in the island of Goa before that year, all the Hindu idols had been annihilated or had disappeared, all the temples had been destroyed and their sites and building material was in most cases utilized to erect new Christian Churches and chapels. Various viceregal and Church council decrees banished the Hindu priests from the Portuguese territories; the public practices of Hindu rites including marriage rites, were banned; the state took upon itself the task of bringing up Hindu orphan children; the Hindus were denied certain employments, while the Christians were preferred; it was ensured that the Hindus would not harass those who became Christians, and on the contrary, the Hindus were obliged to assemble periodically in Churches to listen to preaching or to the refutation of their religion."

"A particularly grave abuse was practiced in Goa in the form of 'mass baptism' and what went before it. The practice was begun by the Jesuits and was alter initiated by the Franciscans also. The Jesuits staged an annual mass baptism on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25), and in order to secure as many neophytes as possible, a few days before the ceremony the Jesuits would go through the streets of the Hindu quarter in pairs, accompanied by their Negro slaves, whom they would urge to seize the Hindus. When the blacks caught up a fugitive, they would smear his lips with a piece of beef, making him an 'untouchable' among his people. Conversion to Christianity was then his only option."

(source: Western Colonialism in Asia and Christianity - edited by M. D. David Bombay 1988. p. 18-19). 

Refer to Why Indians Should Reject St. Thomas And Christianity - By Koenraad Elst

Even today the archdiocese of Goa boasts: "The glorious chapter of the expansion of the Catholic Church in the east can be said to have begun after the European 'discovery' of the sea route to India in 1498. This helped the  coming of the European fathers to these lands, one of them being St. Francis Xavier, the great Apostle of the East and Patron of the Missions. Goa is privileged to have been the starting point of his Church work labours and the place where his sacred remains are preserved.
Goa was called the "Rome of the East" due to the central role it played in the evangelization of the east."

(source: Archdiocese of Goa). Refer to Things They Don't Tell you about Christianity. Refer to The Myth of Saint Thomas and the Mylapore Shiva Temple.

Historian Alfredo Froilano de Mello (1924 - ) describes the performers of Goan inquisition as "nefarious, fiendish, lustful, corrupt religious orders which pounced on Goa for the purpose of destroying paganism and introducing the true religion of Christ"

The Goan inquisition is regarded by all contemporary portrayals as the most violent inquisition ever executed by the Portuguese Catholic Church. It lasted from 1560 to 1812 though in Europe it ended by 1774. 

(source: Hindu Holocaust). For more refer to The Goa Inquisition at the end of the page. For interesting article on missionaries - Pleaser refer to The problem of Christian missionaries - By Koenraad Elst ). Refer to Jesus Christ: Artifice for Aggression - By Sita Ram Goel and Refer to QuickTime trailer and Part One of the film The God Awful Truth.

Paulo Coelho's paean to Francis Xavier

In a propoganda coup that would leave a Jesuit missionary strategist breathless, popular author Paulo Coelho has written a romanticized eulogy of the notorious 16th century Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier. Coelho is a born-again Catholic who has received a certificate from the Pope and is a candidate for Opus Dei. 

(source: Paulo Coelho's paean to Francis Xavier -

Francis Xavier was the pioneer of anti-Brahmanism which was adopted in due course as a major plank in the missionary propaganda by all Christian denominations. Lord Minto, Governor General of India from 1807 to 1812, submitted a Note to his superiors in London when the British Parliament was debating whether missionaries should be permitted in East India Company’s domain under the Charter of 1813. He enclosed with his Note some “propaganda material used by the missionaries” and, referring to one missionary tract in particular, wrote: “The remainder of this tract seems to aim principally at a general massacre of the Brahmanas” (M. D. David (ed.), Western Colonialism in Asia and Christianity, Bombay, 1988, p. 85). Anti-Brahmanism has become the dominant theme in the speeches and writings of Indian secularists of all sorts. 

For more refer to Refer to Things They Don't Tell you about Christianity. For Cruelty inflicted by Christianity - Watch Constantine's Sword movie - By Oren Jacoby



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