Unravelling History: The Village of Arossim, Goa

by Themistocles D'Silva

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"Study the past if you would divine the future," said Confucius. Known to the outside world for its scenic beach, the rural South Goan village of Arossim has a long and complex history. Situated between the Arabian Sea and tributaries of the River Sal, this agricultural land has sustained.....more


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"Study the past if you would divine the future," said Confucius.

Known to the outside world for its scenic beach, the rural South Goan village of Arossim has a long and complex history. Situated between the Arabian Sea and tributaries of the River Sal, this agricultural land has sustained inhabitants since Neolithic times. Early tribal rituals, Hindu traditions, and Christian practices have each contributed through the centuries to the unique character and customs of the people.

Themistocles (Themis) D'Silva, in this revision of his 2011 book, explores the forgotten and concealed history of his ancestral village. He extends the history of the region to the Megalithic Period, after recognizing that stone clusters nearly hidden in the rice fields are in fact monuments of an ancient settlements. These megaliths were erected perhaps 3000 years ago and still stand tall, although their significance has been forgotten.

D'Silva also takes us to the land, its people, shrines, festivals and feasts,temples, notable facts and events, priests and nuns, personalities from the past, slavery in colonial Goa, and more.

The author, who grew up in Arossim, potrays many aspects of the village, including the ancient system of self-government and the profound effects of Portuguese colonialism. He unravels the origins of many earlier and present-day local customs, some of which are fading as Arossim modernizes and changes.

These pages are an inspiration and a model for how you too can discover your own village.

About the author:

Themistocles 'Themis' D'Silva studied in a one-room village school in Arossim, attended the local public elementary school in Portuguese, and then Loyola High School, Margao. He graduated from St. Xavier's College, Bombay and obtained a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in the US. After Post-doctoral research there, he took up a position in industry, and is credited with many patents and scientific publication. He recently authored a scholarly book on the Bhopal disaster, The Black Box of Bhopal. This is a throughly revised edition of D'Silva's earlier book, now out of print, called Beyound the Beach: The Village of Arossim, Goa, in Historical Perspective (Goa, 1556:2011).

Other details:

ISBN 9789380739915
Category History
Language English
Edition First
Published in 2015
Publisher Goa 1556
Condition Brand New
Pages 220
Width 5.5 inches
Height 8.3 inches
Tags Village History , History , Arossim , Goa

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