Area: Portuguese Colony of Goa, now Goa, Bharat (India)
Cause of Death: 41 methods of torture, see below
Responsible: Portuguese Government, Vatican
Death Count: Unknown, said to be in the thousands
Time Period: 1498 - 1961 (although the inquisitions finished in 1820 and there was a break 1774 to 1778)
Dharmic Faiths: Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists & Indigenous people
On his first visit Vasco Da Gamma ended up landing on the beautiful beach at Kapad, Goa after being lost at sea off the coast of Africa. Not much really happened on Vasco's first visit, he tried to impress the King with some shiny beads and realising he didnt have much to offer, he soon returned with 25 ships, thousands of soldiers and large cannons. To show his noble intentions, on the way back to Goa he burnt alive men, women and children on a ship full of 700 muslim pilgrims bound for Mecca. He laid siege to the city of Calicut, bombarding it with his cannons and when the King Zamorin sent out a messenger to negotiate, Vasco had his ears and lips cut off and sown the ears of a dog in place. King Zamorin fled to Cochin and then to Goa. Portuguese Admiral, Alfonso De Alberquerque was driven away by a local Muslim ruler, only to return 3 months again with an even larger force. On the 25th of Nov 1510, Goa was finally taken by the Portuguese.
In 1542 things would get even worse for the native Goan's, with the arrival of St Francis Xavier of the Jesuit order. He found that Hindu's were not easy to convert, given their deep rooted tradition of Dharma. Converted Hindu's would still continue their Murti Pooja, Hindu Rituals and others would even go back to Hinduism. This infuriated the vengeful Xavier and he wrote a letter dated 1546 to King John III of Rome that would have chilling repercussions on the people of Goa for centuries to come, even though he and the King had died before it was fully implemented. You can find the letter below but it was designed to paint the Hindu's of Goa as worthy of extermination and the Inquisition that resulted terrorised over 20,000 the Hindus of Goa for almost 300 years.
Mandir's were destroyed in their hundreds and once Hindu's began to pray at home, the Portuguese turned their attention to the Brahmins of Goa. Making them remove Murti's from their homes, shave their hair tufts, remove sacred thread or sandals and even to have just having a sacred Tulsi plant in front of their homes could get you locked up. This drove the peaceful Brahmins out in droves and with it the science of the Vedas left for the Portuguese to plunder. Masses of people were converted and their identities changed so that they forget their backgrounds. They were given low level jobs of servitude and plied with alcohol and beef.
The Portuguese Government, Pope or Vatican refuses to apologise or provide reparations for all the devastation that they have caused to the people of Goa.
Famous French writer, Voltaire once said:
Goa is sadly famous for its inquisition, equally contrary to humanity and commerce. The Portuguese monks made us believe that the people worshiped the devil, and it is they who have served him.
Portuguese Tyrant Vasco Da Gamma
Understandably anyone going through any one of the above would often make further confessions, just for the torture to stop. But that just led to even more torture and perhaps for the lucky ones , Death!
Try and imagine brown people in most of these pictures
"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.”
Some Key Events
As a reward for all the conversion and torture and nearly wiping out the indigenous culture Xavier was celebrated all over the world, with churches being named after him. The remains of his dead body were bought back to Goa for some reason, the Pope somehow convincing people that viewing this evil mans remains could heal them. He was then later Canonised by the Vatican in 1622. There has been claims that the remains are not even his at all, the Vatican refuses a DNA test to settle the matter once and for all. Not that any of the people who are descendants of his victims should be celebrating this man anyway.
Early Portuguese grill, this was no Nando's!
"The Hindus are an unholy race. They are liars and cheats to the very backbone. Their idols are black—as black as black can be— ugly and horrible to look at , smeared with oil and smell in a evil manner."
Translated Quote from Francis Xavier's letter to the King of Rome
Mr Kaul - Spokesperson for India at time of Annexation of Goa 1961
The Goan's that had made it to India were protesting against Portuguese rule even in the 1950's and wanted to be back with their Mother, India after years of abuse, brutality and atrocities at the hands of so called 'Priests' who tortured innocent beings.
Goan Pirate Radio, Voice Of Freedom broadcaster, Libia Lobo Sardesai toured Goa in a plane fitted with loudspeakers blasting:
"Goa is free, we have been reunited with the Motherland after 450 Years!"
Indian Troops hugged and greeted by Goan's
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