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Here too in the southwest of India (as well as in Ceylon) and perhaps also in the east coast of India--in Mylapore near Madras, for instance--there were vast congregations of Christians under Persian bishops in about 535 a.d. as attested by Cosmas Indikoplenstes in his Topographia Christiana. Their descendants still survive in Travancore and Cochin as Saint Thomas Syrian Christians among other Christians of later, Portuguese days, but have died out in Ceylon and the east coast--the present-day Christians of these two areas (Ceylon and the east coast) being of much later origin in the Portuguese period of South Indian and Ceylonese history (since 1498 a.d.).

-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 7: Related Entries > # 103

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