Sunday, 20 January 2013

Joseph L. Saldanha, family tree

Julius Cardozo, writing 13 Dec 2012, also gives me some information about Joseph L. Saldanha's family tree:
 I came across another link (via google search) that I thought may be of interest to you - the genealogical tree of Joseph L Saldanha. Could be useful if one wanted to contact the surviving descendents of his family. Excerpt from the above link:255. Joseph Louis SALDANHA (Joseph Louis Lawrence95, Joseph42, Francis23, Manuel17, Francis9, Bonaventure2, Antonio1) was born on Aug 25, 1869 and died in 1928 at age 59.
Notes: Joseph Saldanha, a poet, was famous for his editing of the Christian Purana.
 On the same page - I saw this: 252. Gracia SALDANHA (Joseph Louis Lawrence95, Joseph42, Francis23, Manuel17, Francis9, Bonaventure2, Antonio1) was born about 1865.
Gracia married Simon ALVARES, son of Paul ALVARES and Monica FARIAS,. Simon was born in 1851 and died in 1919 at age 68.
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Tile Merchant. 
Very likely this is the same Simon Alvares who is mentioned as publisher in Saldanha's 1907 edition of the Khristapurana

Falcao's English translation of Stephens' Khristapurana

And this very welcome piece of news: Nelson Falcao's English translation of his Marsden MS edition of Thomas Stephens' Khristapurana is finally out of the press. I have not yet seen a copy, but I to soon. This should be a book that many libraries, especially those with interests in culture, religion and theology, should by all means acquire. This is the very first complete English translation of the KP. See: 
Father Thomas Stephens' Kristapurana: Purana I and II: Revised and Enlarged, Complete Edition; Handwritten Marsden copy from the British Library, London, Sanskritized-Marathi Biblical Epic; About Eleven Thousand Verses from Sanskritized-Marathi Poetry. Translated into English Prose; with Ample Notes, References, Introductions, Appendices and Bibliography. Ed. and tr. Nelson Falcao, SDB. Bengaluru: Kristu Jyoti Publications, 2012. Pp. (1)+(94)+1708. ISBN: 978-81-87370-72-7. 

Digital version of Stephens' Khristapurana (Saldanha ed.)

This is something I've been thinking of putting up for weeks now: a digital version of the 1907 Saldanha edition of Thomas Stephens' Khristapurana:
Check out the full text... in the Roman script (and an English introduction)
Thomas Stephens (c. 1549, Bushton, Wiltshire, England - 1619, Salcete, Goa,India) was a Jesuit priest missionary in Portuguese India, writer andlinguist. Probably the first Englishman to set foot in India.See
Thanks to Dr Manju Shivalli ( ),
librarian of the Chowgule College in Margao, for doing the job of scanning this useful
text, and to the Rachol Seminary for making the document accessible. Dr
Shivalli has some innovative plans and achievements already... specially
regarding the scanning old texts and manuscripts in Goa. She is looking
forward to get in touch with librarians in the US or UK, particularly those
with an interest in Goa.

FN [= Frederick Nazareth]
Thanks to Julius Cardozo for bringing this to my attention.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Locations of the MSS of Thomas Stephens' Khristapurana in Goa

1. The Goa Central Library MS, bearing the date 1731 / 1761 (GCL). The Krishnadas Shama Goa Central Library, Post Box 22, Patto, Panjim, Goa 403 001, India. E-mail: Tel: +91-832-2425730 / 2436327. Website:

2. The Pilar MS (P). Monastery of Pilar, Pilar Hill, NH-17, Velha Goa, Goa 403 108, India.

3. The M.C. Saldanha MS at the Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendra (TSKK-1). Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, B.B. Borkar Road, Alto Porvorim, Bardez, Goa - 403 521, India. E-mail: Tel: +91-832-2415857 / 2415864. Website:

4. Another MS at the Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendra (TSKK-2).

5. The Bhaugun Kamat Vagh MS in the Pissurlencar Collection at the Goa University Library (BKV). Goa University Library, Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403 206, India. Tel: +91-832-6519048. Website: