Thursday, October 18, 2018
Kerala

People, Customs, Ceremonies & Rituals


People

Jews

The contact of the Jews with Kerala coast has a long history beginning as early as the time of Moses, the great Jewish-law giver. Their maritime and commercial contacts steadily continued and developed. Jewish settlements

came up in many coastal centres, one in Baypur. They paid tribute to the local rajas, who conferred on them certain privileges and ranks. Their earliest settlement was at Cranganore. Later they came to Cochin where they built the famous Jew town and the Synagogue in 1567. Though they form only a negligible minority their contact with the land is long and marked.

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