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and a banishment outside of the English horizon of what almost unchangeably is called the ‘black fellows’” ( Kolff 1993 :638). But not many would go as far as Shore: he would go to annual fairs disguised as a native doctor so that he could hear what the people were talking about. 6 The Christian Faith

In: The European Encounter with Hinduism in India

). To all appearances, this was a conflict between the lazy traditionalism of older staff members and the praiseworthy idealism of younger people. But it is not that black and white. Kittel did not give the impression that he was well acquainted with the sensitivities of the local culture that the older

In: The European Encounter with Hinduism in India

to the Republic of India, are hardly part of pan-Indian culture. That was even less the case in Polo’s time, when the naked black tribes on these islands were viewed as extremely uncivilised. 4 Marco Polo wrote that they “were like wild beasts.” Their appearance contributed to his characterisation

In: The European Encounter with Hinduism in India

from that point on referred to the Christian faith by the charming Indian term cattiyavētam ( satyaveda ), true knowledge. There were, however, Brahmins who continued to be bothered by his clothing, for the black soutane he wore was, in their view, inseparably associated with the paraṅgis . The

In: The European Encounter with Hinduism in India