Posted by: cochinblogger | February 4, 2010

Syrian Christian Church Baptism

The photo below shows a baptism in progress at a Syrian Christian church in Cochin. Note the colorful regalia of the priests. The Malabar coast has a long tradition of Christianity. Christian communities are known to have existed in Kerala well before Europe became Christianized.

The word Syrian does not imply ethnic origin but but rather points to theological affiliation, though small groups from Syria may well have settled in Kerala. Church services in Kerala had a lot of Aramaic, the language that Christ spoke. Nowadays the language used in services is mostly Malayalam, with Aramaic making an occasional appearance.

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