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Reclaiming Faria

by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com

Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness. It's his death
anniversary, and exactly 60 years since an enthusiastic crowd
inaugurated his statue, and now Abbe Faria is back in the limelight
with an evening's celebration planned at the foot of his iconic
monument in Panjim. It's the mysterious pioneer's moment; we should
all show up at 6 PM to demonstrate appreciation and learn more about
his amazing life.

Faria's achievements defy belief, considering he was an Indian born in
the middle of an oppressive colonial period, in an era where skin
colour defined rights and standing. It was frustration over this
apartheid that compelled his father, Caetano Vitorino, to take his
precociously bright son to Europe, where higher education was
occasionally available without malicious interference of colonial
racists. The future Abbe was thus forerunner for entire generations of
ambitious Goans, who were similarly stifled at home and forced to
troop out of the slumbering Estado da India to seek education and
opportunity.

Jose Custodio Faria was exceptional, however, and his father
particularly ambitious. As a young priest at the elite Propaganda Fide
college in Rome, he dedicated his doctorate thesis to the Queen of
Portugal, and gained further notoriety by writing a study in honour of
the Pope, who invited him to deliver a Pentecost sermon under the
magnificent ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At just 24, this
charismatic young Indian was already being referred to with the
honorific "Abbe," and drawing interest in the corridors of great power
that stretched between the Vatican and the Catholic powers that
dominated Europe.

He was invited to the Queluz Palace, with the Queen and her court in
attendance. Young Faria climbed up to the pulpit, and froze; his poise
lost at the sight of the dazzling luminaries. Abbe Faria's father
whispered to the panicked priest in our robust mother tongue, "hi
sogli bhaji, kathor re bhaji."And get on with it our Abbe did; the
relieved young man never forgot how powerful a few words of suggestion
can be in impacting human behaviour.

Don't get the wrong idea based on encounters with European
aristocracy. Abbe Faria and his father were true Indian patriots
before such concepts were coherently articulated. The older man bore
lasting anger about corrosive Portuguese racism and was key plotter in
the Pinto Rebellion of 1787, the second anti-colonial resistance
movement in history. The main conspirators were priests, disaffected,
like their leader, by crushing colour prejudice in the church
hierarchy. The son was also a stalwart in the anti-colonial cause, and
fled to Paris when his father's subversive role was discovered. There,
he reportedly approached the visiting "Tiger of Mysore", Tipu Sultan,
to make common cause with the Goan resistance, to expel the
Portuguese.

Abbe Faria threw himself passionately into the tumult in France, led a
battalion against the national Convention, languished in the Bastille
(from where he is credited with inventing the modern version of a
popular board game), and emerged to wage an acrimonious public battle
with Anton Mesmer, about the nature of hypnosis. History has
comprehensively proved Abbe Faria the victor, his was the first
genuinely scientific approach to the question; his research and
findings provide many crucial underpinnings for modern psychotherapy,
for essential analysts like Freud and Jung.

All this, plus immortalization by Alexandre Dumas in 'The Count of
Monte Cristo' and yet we Goans have lost contact with Abbe Faria's
important story, forgotten to keep his legacy alive, neglected to
appreciate his significance. We Goans were fully globalized,
seamlessly both Eastern and Western, centuries before the rest of
India and the world and Abbe Faria must be acknowledged as the first
exemplar in a distinguished line of what we now call NRI's.

His story is very typically Goan in context, quite emblematic of the
best elements of our character. There is fierce independence and
uncompromising quest for opportunity wherever it may lie, there is
spectacular cultural and linguistic fluidity. There is remarkable
adaptability to circumstance, and the authentic Goan soul that thrills
to the sound of our precious mother tongue. It's such a wonderful
tale, it is a great Goan narrative, and today we will honour the life
and legacy of Abbe Faria on the Panjim waterfront, and welcome him
back into our prideful pantheon of true Konkani heroes.
--
VM has been on Goanet for ages, since its early days, and has been
inspired enough to return to Goa early and begin writing on local
issues. He is working on plans to contribute his bit back to the state
he spent his childhood days in.

September 20 marks the day of the death and commencement of the
celebration of Abbe Faria's 250th Birthday in 2006. "In Search of Abbe
Faria: The hypnotic vision of a Goan pioneer", a documentary by Dhempe
College long-time educationist Isabel Santa Rita Vas and Panjim-based
writer Cecil Pinto will be screened publicly for the first time at the
Prace Abade Faria, near the Old Secretariat, at 6 p.m. on 20.9.2005
Bernado Colaco
2005-09-21 08:04:45 UTC
Permalink
Racist is racist in nit? How could Abade Faria travel
to Portugal and get all the recognition
internationally if he was black?

I wonder how many blacks are part of Combat 18 or the
BNP? Or did Custdio Faria have great qualities?

Do we hear riff-raff's who may have not received their
Portuguese citizenship beating drums?

B. Cola?o
Post by Goanet Reader
Reclaiming Faria
by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com
Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public
return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness.
___________________________________________________________
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Goanet Reader
2005-09-19 20:45:50 UTC
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Reclaiming Faria

by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com

Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness. It's his death
anniversary, and exactly 60 years since an enthusiastic crowd
inaugurated his statue, and now Abbe Faria is back in the limelight
with an evening's celebration planned at the foot of his iconic
monument in Panjim. It's the mysterious pioneer's moment; we should
all show up at 6 PM to demonstrate appreciation and learn more about
his amazing life.

Faria's achievements defy belief, considering he was an Indian born in
the middle of an oppressive colonial period, in an era where skin
colour defined rights and standing. It was frustration over this
apartheid that compelled his father, Caetano Vitorino, to take his
precociously bright son to Europe, where higher education was
occasionally available without malicious interference of colonial
racists. The future Abbe was thus forerunner for entire generations of
ambitious Goans, who were similarly stifled at home and forced to
troop out of the slumbering Estado da India to seek education and
opportunity.

Jose Custodio Faria was exceptional, however, and his father
particularly ambitious. As a young priest at the elite Propaganda Fide
college in Rome, he dedicated his doctorate thesis to the Queen of
Portugal, and gained further notoriety by writing a study in honour of
the Pope, who invited him to deliver a Pentecost sermon under the
magnificent ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At just 24, this
charismatic young Indian was already being referred to with the
honorific "Abbe," and drawing interest in the corridors of great power
that stretched between the Vatican and the Catholic powers that
dominated Europe.

He was invited to the Queluz Palace, with the Queen and her court in
attendance. Young Faria climbed up to the pulpit, and froze; his poise
lost at the sight of the dazzling luminaries. Abbe Faria's father
whispered to the panicked priest in our robust mother tongue, "hi
sogli bhaji, kathor re bhaji."And get on with it our Abbe did; the
relieved young man never forgot how powerful a few words of suggestion
can be in impacting human behaviour.

Don't get the wrong idea based on encounters with European
aristocracy. Abbe Faria and his father were true Indian patriots
before such concepts were coherently articulated. The older man bore
lasting anger about corrosive Portuguese racism and was key plotter in
the Pinto Rebellion of 1787, the second anti-colonial resistance
movement in history. The main conspirators were priests, disaffected,
like their leader, by crushing colour prejudice in the church
hierarchy. The son was also a stalwart in the anti-colonial cause, and
fled to Paris when his father's subversive role was discovered. There,
he reportedly approached the visiting "Tiger of Mysore", Tipu Sultan,
to make common cause with the Goan resistance, to expel the
Portuguese.

Abbe Faria threw himself passionately into the tumult in France, led a
battalion against the national Convention, languished in the Bastille
(from where he is credited with inventing the modern version of a
popular board game), and emerged to wage an acrimonious public battle
with Anton Mesmer, about the nature of hypnosis. History has
comprehensively proved Abbe Faria the victor, his was the first
genuinely scientific approach to the question; his research and
findings provide many crucial underpinnings for modern psychotherapy,
for essential analysts like Freud and Jung.

All this, plus immortalization by Alexandre Dumas in 'The Count of
Monte Cristo' and yet we Goans have lost contact with Abbe Faria's
important story, forgotten to keep his legacy alive, neglected to
appreciate his significance. We Goans were fully globalized,
seamlessly both Eastern and Western, centuries before the rest of
India and the world and Abbe Faria must be acknowledged as the first
exemplar in a distinguished line of what we now call NRI's.

His story is very typically Goan in context, quite emblematic of the
best elements of our character. There is fierce independence and
uncompromising quest for opportunity wherever it may lie, there is
spectacular cultural and linguistic fluidity. There is remarkable
adaptability to circumstance, and the authentic Goan soul that thrills
to the sound of our precious mother tongue. It's such a wonderful
tale, it is a great Goan narrative, and today we will honour the life
and legacy of Abbe Faria on the Panjim waterfront, and welcome him
back into our prideful pantheon of true Konkani heroes.
--
VM has been on Goanet for ages, since its early days, and has been
inspired enough to return to Goa early and begin writing on local
issues. He is working on plans to contribute his bit back to the state
he spent his childhood days in.

September 20 marks the day of the death and commencement of the
celebration of Abbe Faria's 250th Birthday in 2006. "In Search of Abbe
Faria: The hypnotic vision of a Goan pioneer", a documentary by Dhempe
College long-time educationist Isabel Santa Rita Vas and Panjim-based
writer Cecil Pinto will be screened publicly for the first time at the
Prace Abade Faria, near the Old Secretariat, at 6 p.m. on 20.9.2005
Bernado Colaco
2005-09-21 08:04:45 UTC
Permalink
Racist is racist in nit? How could Abade Faria travel
to Portugal and get all the recognition
internationally if he was black?

I wonder how many blacks are part of Combat 18 or the
BNP? Or did Custdio Faria have great qualities?

Do we hear riff-raff's who may have not received their
Portuguese citizenship beating drums?

B. Cola?o
Post by Goanet Reader
Reclaiming Faria
by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com
Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public
return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness.
___________________________________________________________
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Goanet Reader
2005-09-19 20:45:50 UTC
Permalink
Reclaiming Faria

by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com

Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness. It's his death
anniversary, and exactly 60 years since an enthusiastic crowd
inaugurated his statue, and now Abbe Faria is back in the limelight
with an evening's celebration planned at the foot of his iconic
monument in Panjim. It's the mysterious pioneer's moment; we should
all show up at 6 PM to demonstrate appreciation and learn more about
his amazing life.

Faria's achievements defy belief, considering he was an Indian born in
the middle of an oppressive colonial period, in an era where skin
colour defined rights and standing. It was frustration over this
apartheid that compelled his father, Caetano Vitorino, to take his
precociously bright son to Europe, where higher education was
occasionally available without malicious interference of colonial
racists. The future Abbe was thus forerunner for entire generations of
ambitious Goans, who were similarly stifled at home and forced to
troop out of the slumbering Estado da India to seek education and
opportunity.

Jose Custodio Faria was exceptional, however, and his father
particularly ambitious. As a young priest at the elite Propaganda Fide
college in Rome, he dedicated his doctorate thesis to the Queen of
Portugal, and gained further notoriety by writing a study in honour of
the Pope, who invited him to deliver a Pentecost sermon under the
magnificent ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At just 24, this
charismatic young Indian was already being referred to with the
honorific "Abbe," and drawing interest in the corridors of great power
that stretched between the Vatican and the Catholic powers that
dominated Europe.

He was invited to the Queluz Palace, with the Queen and her court in
attendance. Young Faria climbed up to the pulpit, and froze; his poise
lost at the sight of the dazzling luminaries. Abbe Faria's father
whispered to the panicked priest in our robust mother tongue, "hi
sogli bhaji, kathor re bhaji."And get on with it our Abbe did; the
relieved young man never forgot how powerful a few words of suggestion
can be in impacting human behaviour.

Don't get the wrong idea based on encounters with European
aristocracy. Abbe Faria and his father were true Indian patriots
before such concepts were coherently articulated. The older man bore
lasting anger about corrosive Portuguese racism and was key plotter in
the Pinto Rebellion of 1787, the second anti-colonial resistance
movement in history. The main conspirators were priests, disaffected,
like their leader, by crushing colour prejudice in the church
hierarchy. The son was also a stalwart in the anti-colonial cause, and
fled to Paris when his father's subversive role was discovered. There,
he reportedly approached the visiting "Tiger of Mysore", Tipu Sultan,
to make common cause with the Goan resistance, to expel the
Portuguese.

Abbe Faria threw himself passionately into the tumult in France, led a
battalion against the national Convention, languished in the Bastille
(from where he is credited with inventing the modern version of a
popular board game), and emerged to wage an acrimonious public battle
with Anton Mesmer, about the nature of hypnosis. History has
comprehensively proved Abbe Faria the victor, his was the first
genuinely scientific approach to the question; his research and
findings provide many crucial underpinnings for modern psychotherapy,
for essential analysts like Freud and Jung.

All this, plus immortalization by Alexandre Dumas in 'The Count of
Monte Cristo' and yet we Goans have lost contact with Abbe Faria's
important story, forgotten to keep his legacy alive, neglected to
appreciate his significance. We Goans were fully globalized,
seamlessly both Eastern and Western, centuries before the rest of
India and the world and Abbe Faria must be acknowledged as the first
exemplar in a distinguished line of what we now call NRI's.

His story is very typically Goan in context, quite emblematic of the
best elements of our character. There is fierce independence and
uncompromising quest for opportunity wherever it may lie, there is
spectacular cultural and linguistic fluidity. There is remarkable
adaptability to circumstance, and the authentic Goan soul that thrills
to the sound of our precious mother tongue. It's such a wonderful
tale, it is a great Goan narrative, and today we will honour the life
and legacy of Abbe Faria on the Panjim waterfront, and welcome him
back into our prideful pantheon of true Konkani heroes.
--
VM has been on Goanet for ages, since its early days, and has been
inspired enough to return to Goa early and begin writing on local
issues. He is working on plans to contribute his bit back to the state
he spent his childhood days in.

September 20 marks the day of the death and commencement of the
celebration of Abbe Faria's 250th Birthday in 2006. "In Search of Abbe
Faria: The hypnotic vision of a Goan pioneer", a documentary by Dhempe
College long-time educationist Isabel Santa Rita Vas and Panjim-based
writer Cecil Pinto will be screened publicly for the first time at the
Prace Abade Faria, near the Old Secretariat, at 6 p.m. on 20.9.2005
Bernado Colaco
2005-09-21 08:04:45 UTC
Permalink
Racist is racist in nit? How could Abade Faria travel
to Portugal and get all the recognition
internationally if he was black?

I wonder how many blacks are part of Combat 18 or the
BNP? Or did Custdio Faria have great qualities?

Do we hear riff-raff's who may have not received their
Portuguese citizenship beating drums?

B. Cola?o
Post by Goanet Reader
Reclaiming Faria
by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com
Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public
return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness.
___________________________________________________________
To help you stay safe and secure online, we've developed the all new Yahoo! Security Centre. http://uk.security.yahoo.com
Goanet Reader
2005-09-19 20:45:50 UTC
Permalink
Reclaiming Faria

by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com

Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness. It's his death
anniversary, and exactly 60 years since an enthusiastic crowd
inaugurated his statue, and now Abbe Faria is back in the limelight
with an evening's celebration planned at the foot of his iconic
monument in Panjim. It's the mysterious pioneer's moment; we should
all show up at 6 PM to demonstrate appreciation and learn more about
his amazing life.

Faria's achievements defy belief, considering he was an Indian born in
the middle of an oppressive colonial period, in an era where skin
colour defined rights and standing. It was frustration over this
apartheid that compelled his father, Caetano Vitorino, to take his
precociously bright son to Europe, where higher education was
occasionally available without malicious interference of colonial
racists. The future Abbe was thus forerunner for entire generations of
ambitious Goans, who were similarly stifled at home and forced to
troop out of the slumbering Estado da India to seek education and
opportunity.

Jose Custodio Faria was exceptional, however, and his father
particularly ambitious. As a young priest at the elite Propaganda Fide
college in Rome, he dedicated his doctorate thesis to the Queen of
Portugal, and gained further notoriety by writing a study in honour of
the Pope, who invited him to deliver a Pentecost sermon under the
magnificent ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At just 24, this
charismatic young Indian was already being referred to with the
honorific "Abbe," and drawing interest in the corridors of great power
that stretched between the Vatican and the Catholic powers that
dominated Europe.

He was invited to the Queluz Palace, with the Queen and her court in
attendance. Young Faria climbed up to the pulpit, and froze; his poise
lost at the sight of the dazzling luminaries. Abbe Faria's father
whispered to the panicked priest in our robust mother tongue, "hi
sogli bhaji, kathor re bhaji."And get on with it our Abbe did; the
relieved young man never forgot how powerful a few words of suggestion
can be in impacting human behaviour.

Don't get the wrong idea based on encounters with European
aristocracy. Abbe Faria and his father were true Indian patriots
before such concepts were coherently articulated. The older man bore
lasting anger about corrosive Portuguese racism and was key plotter in
the Pinto Rebellion of 1787, the second anti-colonial resistance
movement in history. The main conspirators were priests, disaffected,
like their leader, by crushing colour prejudice in the church
hierarchy. The son was also a stalwart in the anti-colonial cause, and
fled to Paris when his father's subversive role was discovered. There,
he reportedly approached the visiting "Tiger of Mysore", Tipu Sultan,
to make common cause with the Goan resistance, to expel the
Portuguese.

Abbe Faria threw himself passionately into the tumult in France, led a
battalion against the national Convention, languished in the Bastille
(from where he is credited with inventing the modern version of a
popular board game), and emerged to wage an acrimonious public battle
with Anton Mesmer, about the nature of hypnosis. History has
comprehensively proved Abbe Faria the victor, his was the first
genuinely scientific approach to the question; his research and
findings provide many crucial underpinnings for modern psychotherapy,
for essential analysts like Freud and Jung.

All this, plus immortalization by Alexandre Dumas in 'The Count of
Monte Cristo' and yet we Goans have lost contact with Abbe Faria's
important story, forgotten to keep his legacy alive, neglected to
appreciate his significance. We Goans were fully globalized,
seamlessly both Eastern and Western, centuries before the rest of
India and the world and Abbe Faria must be acknowledged as the first
exemplar in a distinguished line of what we now call NRI's.

His story is very typically Goan in context, quite emblematic of the
best elements of our character. There is fierce independence and
uncompromising quest for opportunity wherever it may lie, there is
spectacular cultural and linguistic fluidity. There is remarkable
adaptability to circumstance, and the authentic Goan soul that thrills
to the sound of our precious mother tongue. It's such a wonderful
tale, it is a great Goan narrative, and today we will honour the life
and legacy of Abbe Faria on the Panjim waterfront, and welcome him
back into our prideful pantheon of true Konkani heroes.
--
VM has been on Goanet for ages, since its early days, and has been
inspired enough to return to Goa early and begin writing on local
issues. He is working on plans to contribute his bit back to the state
he spent his childhood days in.

September 20 marks the day of the death and commencement of the
celebration of Abbe Faria's 250th Birthday in 2006. "In Search of Abbe
Faria: The hypnotic vision of a Goan pioneer", a documentary by Dhempe
College long-time educationist Isabel Santa Rita Vas and Panjim-based
writer Cecil Pinto will be screened publicly for the first time at the
Prace Abade Faria, near the Old Secretariat, at 6 p.m. on 20.9.2005
Bernado Colaco
2005-09-21 08:04:45 UTC
Permalink
Racist is racist in nit? How could Abade Faria travel
to Portugal and get all the recognition
internationally if he was black?

I wonder how many blacks are part of Combat 18 or the
BNP? Or did Custdio Faria have great qualities?

Do we hear riff-raff's who may have not received their
Portuguese citizenship beating drums?

B. Cola?o
Post by Goanet Reader
Reclaiming Faria
by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com
Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public
return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness.
___________________________________________________________
To help you stay safe and secure online, we've developed the all new Yahoo! Security Centre. http://uk.security.yahoo.com
Goanet Reader
2005-09-19 20:45:50 UTC
Permalink
Reclaiming Faria

by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com

Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness. It's his death
anniversary, and exactly 60 years since an enthusiastic crowd
inaugurated his statue, and now Abbe Faria is back in the limelight
with an evening's celebration planned at the foot of his iconic
monument in Panjim. It's the mysterious pioneer's moment; we should
all show up at 6 PM to demonstrate appreciation and learn more about
his amazing life.

Faria's achievements defy belief, considering he was an Indian born in
the middle of an oppressive colonial period, in an era where skin
colour defined rights and standing. It was frustration over this
apartheid that compelled his father, Caetano Vitorino, to take his
precociously bright son to Europe, where higher education was
occasionally available without malicious interference of colonial
racists. The future Abbe was thus forerunner for entire generations of
ambitious Goans, who were similarly stifled at home and forced to
troop out of the slumbering Estado da India to seek education and
opportunity.

Jose Custodio Faria was exceptional, however, and his father
particularly ambitious. As a young priest at the elite Propaganda Fide
college in Rome, he dedicated his doctorate thesis to the Queen of
Portugal, and gained further notoriety by writing a study in honour of
the Pope, who invited him to deliver a Pentecost sermon under the
magnificent ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At just 24, this
charismatic young Indian was already being referred to with the
honorific "Abbe," and drawing interest in the corridors of great power
that stretched between the Vatican and the Catholic powers that
dominated Europe.

He was invited to the Queluz Palace, with the Queen and her court in
attendance. Young Faria climbed up to the pulpit, and froze; his poise
lost at the sight of the dazzling luminaries. Abbe Faria's father
whispered to the panicked priest in our robust mother tongue, "hi
sogli bhaji, kathor re bhaji."And get on with it our Abbe did; the
relieved young man never forgot how powerful a few words of suggestion
can be in impacting human behaviour.

Don't get the wrong idea based on encounters with European
aristocracy. Abbe Faria and his father were true Indian patriots
before such concepts were coherently articulated. The older man bore
lasting anger about corrosive Portuguese racism and was key plotter in
the Pinto Rebellion of 1787, the second anti-colonial resistance
movement in history. The main conspirators were priests, disaffected,
like their leader, by crushing colour prejudice in the church
hierarchy. The son was also a stalwart in the anti-colonial cause, and
fled to Paris when his father's subversive role was discovered. There,
he reportedly approached the visiting "Tiger of Mysore", Tipu Sultan,
to make common cause with the Goan resistance, to expel the
Portuguese.

Abbe Faria threw himself passionately into the tumult in France, led a
battalion against the national Convention, languished in the Bastille
(from where he is credited with inventing the modern version of a
popular board game), and emerged to wage an acrimonious public battle
with Anton Mesmer, about the nature of hypnosis. History has
comprehensively proved Abbe Faria the victor, his was the first
genuinely scientific approach to the question; his research and
findings provide many crucial underpinnings for modern psychotherapy,
for essential analysts like Freud and Jung.

All this, plus immortalization by Alexandre Dumas in 'The Count of
Monte Cristo' and yet we Goans have lost contact with Abbe Faria's
important story, forgotten to keep his legacy alive, neglected to
appreciate his significance. We Goans were fully globalized,
seamlessly both Eastern and Western, centuries before the rest of
India and the world and Abbe Faria must be acknowledged as the first
exemplar in a distinguished line of what we now call NRI's.

His story is very typically Goan in context, quite emblematic of the
best elements of our character. There is fierce independence and
uncompromising quest for opportunity wherever it may lie, there is
spectacular cultural and linguistic fluidity. There is remarkable
adaptability to circumstance, and the authentic Goan soul that thrills
to the sound of our precious mother tongue. It's such a wonderful
tale, it is a great Goan narrative, and today we will honour the life
and legacy of Abbe Faria on the Panjim waterfront, and welcome him
back into our prideful pantheon of true Konkani heroes.
--
VM has been on Goanet for ages, since its early days, and has been
inspired enough to return to Goa early and begin writing on local
issues. He is working on plans to contribute his bit back to the state
he spent his childhood days in.

September 20 marks the day of the death and commencement of the
celebration of Abbe Faria's 250th Birthday in 2006. "In Search of Abbe
Faria: The hypnotic vision of a Goan pioneer", a documentary by Dhempe
College long-time educationist Isabel Santa Rita Vas and Panjim-based
writer Cecil Pinto will be screened publicly for the first time at the
Prace Abade Faria, near the Old Secretariat, at 6 p.m. on 20.9.2005
Bernado Colaco
2005-09-21 08:04:45 UTC
Permalink
Racist is racist in nit? How could Abade Faria travel
to Portugal and get all the recognition
internationally if he was black?

I wonder how many blacks are part of Combat 18 or the
BNP? Or did Custdio Faria have great qualities?

Do we hear riff-raff's who may have not received their
Portuguese citizenship beating drums?

B. Cola?o
Post by Goanet Reader
Reclaiming Faria
by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com
Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public
return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness.
___________________________________________________________
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Goanet Reader
2005-09-19 20:45:50 UTC
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Reclaiming Faria

by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com

Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness. It's his death
anniversary, and exactly 60 years since an enthusiastic crowd
inaugurated his statue, and now Abbe Faria is back in the limelight
with an evening's celebration planned at the foot of his iconic
monument in Panjim. It's the mysterious pioneer's moment; we should
all show up at 6 PM to demonstrate appreciation and learn more about
his amazing life.

Faria's achievements defy belief, considering he was an Indian born in
the middle of an oppressive colonial period, in an era where skin
colour defined rights and standing. It was frustration over this
apartheid that compelled his father, Caetano Vitorino, to take his
precociously bright son to Europe, where higher education was
occasionally available without malicious interference of colonial
racists. The future Abbe was thus forerunner for entire generations of
ambitious Goans, who were similarly stifled at home and forced to
troop out of the slumbering Estado da India to seek education and
opportunity.

Jose Custodio Faria was exceptional, however, and his father
particularly ambitious. As a young priest at the elite Propaganda Fide
college in Rome, he dedicated his doctorate thesis to the Queen of
Portugal, and gained further notoriety by writing a study in honour of
the Pope, who invited him to deliver a Pentecost sermon under the
magnificent ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At just 24, this
charismatic young Indian was already being referred to with the
honorific "Abbe," and drawing interest in the corridors of great power
that stretched between the Vatican and the Catholic powers that
dominated Europe.

He was invited to the Queluz Palace, with the Queen and her court in
attendance. Young Faria climbed up to the pulpit, and froze; his poise
lost at the sight of the dazzling luminaries. Abbe Faria's father
whispered to the panicked priest in our robust mother tongue, "hi
sogli bhaji, kathor re bhaji."And get on with it our Abbe did; the
relieved young man never forgot how powerful a few words of suggestion
can be in impacting human behaviour.

Don't get the wrong idea based on encounters with European
aristocracy. Abbe Faria and his father were true Indian patriots
before such concepts were coherently articulated. The older man bore
lasting anger about corrosive Portuguese racism and was key plotter in
the Pinto Rebellion of 1787, the second anti-colonial resistance
movement in history. The main conspirators were priests, disaffected,
like their leader, by crushing colour prejudice in the church
hierarchy. The son was also a stalwart in the anti-colonial cause, and
fled to Paris when his father's subversive role was discovered. There,
he reportedly approached the visiting "Tiger of Mysore", Tipu Sultan,
to make common cause with the Goan resistance, to expel the
Portuguese.

Abbe Faria threw himself passionately into the tumult in France, led a
battalion against the national Convention, languished in the Bastille
(from where he is credited with inventing the modern version of a
popular board game), and emerged to wage an acrimonious public battle
with Anton Mesmer, about the nature of hypnosis. History has
comprehensively proved Abbe Faria the victor, his was the first
genuinely scientific approach to the question; his research and
findings provide many crucial underpinnings for modern psychotherapy,
for essential analysts like Freud and Jung.

All this, plus immortalization by Alexandre Dumas in 'The Count of
Monte Cristo' and yet we Goans have lost contact with Abbe Faria's
important story, forgotten to keep his legacy alive, neglected to
appreciate his significance. We Goans were fully globalized,
seamlessly both Eastern and Western, centuries before the rest of
India and the world and Abbe Faria must be acknowledged as the first
exemplar in a distinguished line of what we now call NRI's.

His story is very typically Goan in context, quite emblematic of the
best elements of our character. There is fierce independence and
uncompromising quest for opportunity wherever it may lie, there is
spectacular cultural and linguistic fluidity. There is remarkable
adaptability to circumstance, and the authentic Goan soul that thrills
to the sound of our precious mother tongue. It's such a wonderful
tale, it is a great Goan narrative, and today we will honour the life
and legacy of Abbe Faria on the Panjim waterfront, and welcome him
back into our prideful pantheon of true Konkani heroes.
--
VM has been on Goanet for ages, since its early days, and has been
inspired enough to return to Goa early and begin writing on local
issues. He is working on plans to contribute his bit back to the state
he spent his childhood days in.

September 20 marks the day of the death and commencement of the
celebration of Abbe Faria's 250th Birthday in 2006. "In Search of Abbe
Faria: The hypnotic vision of a Goan pioneer", a documentary by Dhempe
College long-time educationist Isabel Santa Rita Vas and Panjim-based
writer Cecil Pinto will be screened publicly for the first time at the
Prace Abade Faria, near the Old Secretariat, at 6 p.m. on 20.9.2005
Bernado Colaco
2005-09-21 08:04:45 UTC
Permalink
Racist is racist in nit? How could Abade Faria travel
to Portugal and get all the recognition
internationally if he was black?

I wonder how many blacks are part of Combat 18 or the
BNP? Or did Custdio Faria have great qualities?

Do we hear riff-raff's who may have not received their
Portuguese citizenship beating drums?

B. Cola?o
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Reclaiming Faria
by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com
Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public
return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness.
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2005-09-19 20:45:50 UTC
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Reclaiming Faria

by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com

Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness. It's his death
anniversary, and exactly 60 years since an enthusiastic crowd
inaugurated his statue, and now Abbe Faria is back in the limelight
with an evening's celebration planned at the foot of his iconic
monument in Panjim. It's the mysterious pioneer's moment; we should
all show up at 6 PM to demonstrate appreciation and learn more about
his amazing life.

Faria's achievements defy belief, considering he was an Indian born in
the middle of an oppressive colonial period, in an era where skin
colour defined rights and standing. It was frustration over this
apartheid that compelled his father, Caetano Vitorino, to take his
precociously bright son to Europe, where higher education was
occasionally available without malicious interference of colonial
racists. The future Abbe was thus forerunner for entire generations of
ambitious Goans, who were similarly stifled at home and forced to
troop out of the slumbering Estado da India to seek education and
opportunity.

Jose Custodio Faria was exceptional, however, and his father
particularly ambitious. As a young priest at the elite Propaganda Fide
college in Rome, he dedicated his doctorate thesis to the Queen of
Portugal, and gained further notoriety by writing a study in honour of
the Pope, who invited him to deliver a Pentecost sermon under the
magnificent ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At just 24, this
charismatic young Indian was already being referred to with the
honorific "Abbe," and drawing interest in the corridors of great power
that stretched between the Vatican and the Catholic powers that
dominated Europe.

He was invited to the Queluz Palace, with the Queen and her court in
attendance. Young Faria climbed up to the pulpit, and froze; his poise
lost at the sight of the dazzling luminaries. Abbe Faria's father
whispered to the panicked priest in our robust mother tongue, "hi
sogli bhaji, kathor re bhaji."And get on with it our Abbe did; the
relieved young man never forgot how powerful a few words of suggestion
can be in impacting human behaviour.

Don't get the wrong idea based on encounters with European
aristocracy. Abbe Faria and his father were true Indian patriots
before such concepts were coherently articulated. The older man bore
lasting anger about corrosive Portuguese racism and was key plotter in
the Pinto Rebellion of 1787, the second anti-colonial resistance
movement in history. The main conspirators were priests, disaffected,
like their leader, by crushing colour prejudice in the church
hierarchy. The son was also a stalwart in the anti-colonial cause, and
fled to Paris when his father's subversive role was discovered. There,
he reportedly approached the visiting "Tiger of Mysore", Tipu Sultan,
to make common cause with the Goan resistance, to expel the
Portuguese.

Abbe Faria threw himself passionately into the tumult in France, led a
battalion against the national Convention, languished in the Bastille
(from where he is credited with inventing the modern version of a
popular board game), and emerged to wage an acrimonious public battle
with Anton Mesmer, about the nature of hypnosis. History has
comprehensively proved Abbe Faria the victor, his was the first
genuinely scientific approach to the question; his research and
findings provide many crucial underpinnings for modern psychotherapy,
for essential analysts like Freud and Jung.

All this, plus immortalization by Alexandre Dumas in 'The Count of
Monte Cristo' and yet we Goans have lost contact with Abbe Faria's
important story, forgotten to keep his legacy alive, neglected to
appreciate his significance. We Goans were fully globalized,
seamlessly both Eastern and Western, centuries before the rest of
India and the world and Abbe Faria must be acknowledged as the first
exemplar in a distinguished line of what we now call NRI's.

His story is very typically Goan in context, quite emblematic of the
best elements of our character. There is fierce independence and
uncompromising quest for opportunity wherever it may lie, there is
spectacular cultural and linguistic fluidity. There is remarkable
adaptability to circumstance, and the authentic Goan soul that thrills
to the sound of our precious mother tongue. It's such a wonderful
tale, it is a great Goan narrative, and today we will honour the life
and legacy of Abbe Faria on the Panjim waterfront, and welcome him
back into our prideful pantheon of true Konkani heroes.
--
VM has been on Goanet for ages, since its early days, and has been
inspired enough to return to Goa early and begin writing on local
issues. He is working on plans to contribute his bit back to the state
he spent his childhood days in.

September 20 marks the day of the death and commencement of the
celebration of Abbe Faria's 250th Birthday in 2006. "In Search of Abbe
Faria: The hypnotic vision of a Goan pioneer", a documentary by Dhempe
College long-time educationist Isabel Santa Rita Vas and Panjim-based
writer Cecil Pinto will be screened publicly for the first time at the
Prace Abade Faria, near the Old Secretariat, at 6 p.m. on 20.9.2005
Bernado Colaco
2005-09-21 08:04:45 UTC
Permalink
Racist is racist in nit? How could Abade Faria travel
to Portugal and get all the recognition
internationally if he was black?

I wonder how many blacks are part of Combat 18 or the
BNP? Or did Custdio Faria have great qualities?

Do we hear riff-raff's who may have not received their
Portuguese citizenship beating drums?

B. Cola?o
Post by Goanet Reader
Reclaiming Faria
by V. M. de Malar
vmingoa at gmail.com
Today is a big day for Goa, it heralds the public
return of a great son
of the soil back into our collective consciousness.
___________________________________________________________
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