Christians are Jewish Christians from Kerala, India. Their heritage and culture
is Malayalee and Indian, origin and descent Jewish, and their religion Christianity.
They belong to the Nasrani community of Syriac Christian tradition from Kerala.
years after the Nicean Council (synod), Knai Thoma, a rich international merchant
from Cana, brought a colony of 400 Syrian Christians consisting of 72 families belonging
to 7 clans with instructions from the Patriarch of Antioch, Mor Yusthedius, to the
Malabar coast of India. The group included men, women, children, priests, deacons
and their bishop Mor Joseph of Urfa (Uraha/Edessa). The names of the seven clans
were: Bagi, Belkuth, Hadai, Kujalig, Koja, Mugmuth, and Thegmuth.
is that Mor Joseph had a startling dream (vision) in which he saw the plight of
the Christian church in Malabar established by St. Thomas, the Apostle, in the 1st
Century. Mor Joseph and Knai Thoma landed in Kodungalloor (Crangannoore) in 345
AD. Knai Thoma and his group sailed in three ships. The leading ship called "Babylonia"
had three masts. The main mast flew King David's flag, the second mast flew the
Roman flag with the cross, and the third flew King Abgar of Edessa's flag.
and his people were heartily welcomed by Cheraman Perumal, the Emperor. Cheraman
Perumal sent his brother, Ramavarma, and his minister, Vettathu Mannan, to receive
Knai Thoma and his people. Knai Thoma and his people were given permission to settle
down in Kodungalloor and to do business. Later Cheraman Perumal bestowed Knai Thoma
and his people with 72 princely privileges and there by elevated them over 17 castes.
This proclamation was made on a Saturday in March (Kumbham 29), 345 and it was recorded
on copper plates given to Knai Thoma (Knai Thomman Cheppedu).
and his people built a town in Kodungalloor with a church and 72 houses. The natives
called it "Mahadevar Pattanam" meaning "town of superiors". Knai Thoma and his people
converted many natives to Christianity and built many churches. Thus the arrival
of Knai Thoma and his people (Knananites) reestablished the church founded by St.
Thomas, the Apostle.
researched and written by:
Kevin Thomas, Chackupurackel