This volume is an act of remembering. Herein is a collection of eighteen family ‘vamsavazhi’ traditions from Tirunelveli – narratives of ancestors who became Christian in centuries past; recounting family joys; sufferings; virtues and failings that came with new faith and conversion. These chapters represent a partial recovery of a portion of their common past by some India’s Christians. Indeed, this uncovering and preserving of what lay buried in Tirunelveli’s past can serve as an impetus and model for Christian remembering elsewhere in South Asia.
Christian J. Barrigar (Editor), and Robert Eric Frykenberg (Editor). Tirunelveli’s Evangelical Christians: Two Centuries of Family Vamsâvali Traditions. SAIACS Press, 2003.