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Monday, December 5, 2011

St.Thomas -MYTH

Myth that St.Thomas came to India - R.Nagaswamy
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Expert nails false propaganda on Muziris
By Prabhat Nair
Express News Service
Last Updated - 07 Aug 2011 10:13:51 a.m. IST

The effort made by some interested quarters to link the Muziris
excavations with the visit of St Thomas Apostle has been criticised
by eminent archaeologist and former director of the Tamil Nadu
Archaeological Survey of India, R Nagaswamy.

"When looking at the literature on the life of St Thomas, it is not
mentioned anywhere that he came to India. It is only a myth, which
has now been connected with the excavations at Pattanam, near
Kodungalloor," the former visiting professor of Jawaharlal Nehru
University told Express.

In fact, the ancient Muzirs port must have been located in
Kodungalloor and not in Pattanam because all major ports in ancient
times were situated at river mouths. And so it is safe to assume
that Muziris was at Kodungalloor, where the river joins the sea.

He felt there was a hidden agenda by certain sections to propagate
the idea that Muziris was connected to Pattanam, where St Thomas is
believed to have landed, and not with Kodungalloor.

Myth cannot be called history. Connecting myth with history could
only create confusion and distort history, he said. "There is no
substantial evidence to say that Pattanam is connected with Muziris.
How was this conclusion reached? Those who claim to have found
materials to connect Pattanam with Muziris have forgotten that these
materials were also found in the eastern and the western costs of the
country," said Nagaswamy.

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