Evangelii Gaudium: Catholicism as the Source of Consolation in Goan Society

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Jason Keith Fernandes


Even though close to one fourth of Goa’s population is Catholic, much scholarship on Goa is at pains to emphasize the Hindu nature of Goan society. Contesting these assertions, this paper will draw on popular culture in Goa, with special reference to the lyrics of popular Konkani music, to not only demonstrate the way in which Christian cosmology structures the world represented in these lyrics but provides hope for the suffering Goan subject. Indeed, it was the institutions around local Catholicism that allowed for Konkani music tradition to emerge in the first place. It is Catholicism, this paper argues, which sutures diverse case groups into a single social unit and thus makes a society possible in Goa, and it is also the same faith tradition that provides the possibility to see persons not as members of castes but as human beings. By providing a language to challenge caste and other similar discrimination while retaining space for pleasure even while this goal is unrealized, this paper argues that it is Catholicism, or the message of the Gospel, which is the source of consolation in Goan society.

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Fernandes, J. (2019). Evangelii Gaudium: Catholicism as the Source of Consolation in Goan Society. International Journal for Indian Studies, 4(1), 39-57. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/Nidan/article/view/1187