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Posted by alex on November 25, 2002 at 16:01:28:

Knanaya Myth of Kerala, India

In south india theres a state called
Kerala. This so called wannabe ethnic caste claims to be
Syrian decendents of Antioch. Not true, its a legend. Rediculious in
other words the whole knanaya story is a myth.
These malayalees who say they are decendents of syrians
have been decieved for many centuries and generations.

The knanaya fairytail goes like this...

' About 400 Christian Settlers from Syria came over in AD 345 under the leadership of Thomas Kana, they, for want of anything better, started referring to all their surroundings as 'Malankara' (Phonetically similar to 'Malayankara'). In course of time, as the settlers spread out, all of the Malayalam speaking area together become 'Malankara'.This has been recorded in the writings of Mor Youseph, an emissary of the Holy See of Antioch, sent over to administer the needs of the Syrian Christian settlers. '

Religious leaders have a known History of acting contrary to science and of allowing the perpetuation of myths. One such myth that Indians continue to hold on to is the belief that apostle Saint Thomas came to India sometime in 52 AD, founded the Syrian Christian church, and was killed by the fanatical Brahmins in 72 AD. The genuine fact is that Saint Thomas never came to India. The Christian community in South India was founded by a merchant Thomas Cananeus in 345 AD ( a name which readily explains the Thomas legend ). There is absolutely no Historical or archaeological evidences about Saint Thomas and it is therefore a pity that we in India continue to be taught such kinds of falsified History.
The first St. Thomas story was invented in the sixteenth century by Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries who needed a pious story of persecution to cover up their own persecution of the Hindus. This is another reason for the Church to promote the story in Madras, for during that period she and her imperial Portuguese “secular arm” destroyed many temples in Mylapore and its environs.

600 Syrians never imigrated to Kerala. Theres is no documented proof. Thomas Cananeus
spread christianity in kerala. Later the Portuguese came to kerala. And at that period, ‘Paramkikal’ (Portuguese Roman Catholics) came and proselytised the priests by force into their slavery and again in 1600, a Synod was convened at Udayaperror by Allesu (Alexis) Paranki Metran who burnt all our Syriac books and made changes in the true faith. The Portuguese brought the jacobite faith to Kerala. Today Kerala, India is 20% christian.

Even to this day this caste says they are Syrian decent in Kerala, india.(they are not)
These Keralaites have believed this fairytail
or fake madeup story for generations. Knanaites are not decendents of
syrians. There is no documented proof
and evidence to show that a huge Syrian population
imigrated to Kerala, india. It is REDICULOUS, when i hear these malyalees say
that they are knanaya i laugh.

Why do they say things that make them
look strange and weird? Thats REDICULOUS. The truth of the
matter is that, the whole knanaya story is a fairy-tail and is a
madeup fake story.
We dont hate Knanaites, we just dont believe
the knanaya myth and history. If the so called knanaya group or
in other words this ethnic group, takes a plane ticket to syria
they wouldn't look like none of those Syrian people living there. Thank you.
The KCCNA needs to be shutdown and stoped!

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Approximate membership of each group in Kerala

1. Jacobite-Orthodox (Syrian) Christian Churches 17,50,000
2. Roman Catholic Churches 31,50,000
3. Other Episcopal & Protestant Churches 13,10,000

A. JACOBITE SYRIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH
{administered by the 'CATHOLICOSE OF INDIA' - functions under the spiritual supremacy of the Patriarchal See of Antioch ---> Regional Church H.Q. at Puthencuriz, Kochi}
775,000

- Syrian Orthodox congregations within the jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Antioch
{Comprises of the Simhasana Churches, Archdiocese of Greater India (excluding the dioceses in Kerala), Evangelical Association of the East, & St.Antony's Mission, Mangalore}
75,000

Total 850,000

B. KNANAYA JACOBITE SYRIAN CHURCH
(administered by the 'CHIEF METROPOLITAN OF THE EAST' - functions under spiritual supremacy of the Patriarch of Antioch --> Church H.Q. at Chingavanam, Kottayam)
100,000
Total 100,000

C. MALANKARA ORTHODOX SYRIAN CHURCH
(administered by an independent 'CATHOLICOSE OF EAST' whose constitutional supreme head is the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East --> Church H.Q.at Kottayam)
800,000
Total
800,000

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II. ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHES

{A} Roman - {B} Syrian - {C} Knanaya - {D} Latin churches

Total Membership- 31.50 lakhs

A. Roman Catholic Churches with Syriac tradition
1. SYRO-MALABAR CHURCH (East Syriac tradition) Church H.Q.at Kochi 1,700,000
2. SYRO-MALANKARA CHURCH (West Syriac tradition) Church H.Q.at Thiruvanathapuram 200,000
3. KNANAYA SYRIAN CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS Church H.Q.at Kottayam 150,000
Total 2,050,000

D. Latin Catholic Church
LATIN CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS
(in Kerala)
1,100,000
Total
1,100,000

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III. OTHERS

{Marthoma - Thoziyoor - Assyrian}

Total Membership- 13.10 lakhs

A. Episcopal Churches with Syriac traditions

MALABAR INDEPENDENT SYRIAN CHURCH (Thoziyoor Church)
(West Syriac traditions, Church H.Q. - Kunnamkulam)
10,000

ASSYRIAN CHURCH OF EAST
(Chaldeans - East Syriac traditions, Local H.Q. - Trichur)
40,000
Total 50,000

MARTHOMA SYRIAN CHURCH
(Protestant faith - West Syriac traditions, Church HQ. - Thiruvalla)
550,000

ST. THOMAS EVANGELICAL CHURCH
(Evolved from the MarThoma Syrian Church)
10,000
Total 560,000

C. Anglican & Other Protestant Christian Churches
CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA & other Protestant Christian congregations
(in Kerala)
800,000
Total 700,000

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