The Indigenous Tradition of Syrian Christians of Kerala: A Perspective based on their Folk Songs, Marriage Customs and History

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Published on: 29 March 2018

Contributor: Mathew Varghese

This essay attempts to delineate the original structure of Christianity practised by the Syrian Christians of Kerala and relates it with their folk songs on the one hand and their current customary practices on the other. In the process the paper traces the historians’ views on the early Christianity in Kerala, finds
the historical elements in their folk songs, describes marriage ceremonies, songs and dances, and presents the texts of the folksongs.


Indian Folklore Research Journal 2.5:34–58

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Mathew Varghese
Date of publication
1st Jan 2005
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