Connecting the Tamil Catholics' history and culture to the global history of Catholic missions
The study of Catholicism's presence in India has so far focussed on narratives from the Catholic missionaries’ point of view. The aspect of the native groups remains obscure. The EU-funded TamCatHoly project is exploring ideas and practices of Catholic martyrdom and self-sanctification in early modern South India, in the context of the mission established by the Jesuits in Madurai in 1606. The innovation of TamCatHoly lies in the adoption of a new perspective that pinpoints how Tamil converts reshaped ideas and practices of martyrdom, sanctity and the miraculous to accommodate their new faith within local social and cultural orders.