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About ivarfjeld

Born in Bergen, Norway in 1965

The Times of India: The Curca spring in Goa

Call to give Curca spring kiss of life grows louder. PANAJI: Neglect of Goa’s best constructed spring, Curca spring has saddened some villagers and others and pleas for the conservation of the pre-Portuguese site are gaining tempo with former director … Continue reading

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Two claimed converted synagogues

How do we know who build this structure? This is what the Department of Archives and Archaeology, Government of Goa has recorded. Chapel of St. Jeronimus, Madel Chodan on Chorao Island in Tiswadi. This Chapel is situated on the top … Continue reading

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The Bocarro (Diaz Tavares) family in Goa

Research into the legacy of the Bocarro (Diaz Tavares) family in Goa: Mr. Francisco (Diaz) Bocarro Mr. Pedro Diaz (Tavares) Bocarro Mr. Manuel Tavares Bocarro The family of Francisco Bocarro were Separdim Jews from Portugal who converted to Catholicism. Three … Continue reading

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Fonseca: There were synagogues in Ela, Old Goa

José Nicolau da Fonseca, in his book, “An historical and archeological sketch of the city of Goa”, page 155, claims there were synagogues in the city of Ela. There were also a Rua dos Judeus (The street of the Jews) … Continue reading

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The “hundred Jews” mentioned by Charles Dellon

A.K Priolkar quotes an eyewitness account, by Charles Dellon, an Evangelical Christian born in1649 A.D. The French traveller writes about the burning of “hundred Jews”. Dellon was a prisoner in Goa for eighteen months, following an order of the inquisitors … Continue reading

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The war on Biblical faith, and the martyrs of “Rua dos Judeus” in Old Goa

84 Jewish converts to Catholicism, also called “New Christians”, were burnt at stake in Old Goa during a timespan of 31 years, from 1560 A.D to 1591 A.D. They were mostly traders or merchants, and were connected to “Rua Dos … Continue reading

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The Times of India: Siridao chapel could have Jewish history: Historian

SIRIDAO: The quaint architecture of the Jesus of Nazareth chapel at Siridao has remained shrouded in obscurity, but a few are convinced the unusual dome-shaped structure holds a key to evidence of pre-Portuguese Christianity and a multicultural society in the … Continue reading

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UNI: 30th January 2014 Goa-Israeli roundtable

A daylong round table conference on the topic ‘Heritage Tourism and Cultural Exchange between Goa and Israel’, will be held at Kala Academy here on January 30th. The conference is organized jointly by Kala Academy Goa, Goa Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading

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Jerusalem: Jews of Goa, December 18th-19th 2016

Jerusalem: A two-day interdisciplinary congress were held December 18-19 2016.Day 1 at the Hebrew University and Day 2 at the Ben-Zvi Institute. This is the link to the program: The Jews of Goa. And to the official website of the … Continue reading

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Garcia de Orta Municipal Garden: A letter to the Mayor of Panaji

The Mayor of the city of Panaji (Panjim) sit on an untapped gold mine. By just furnishing a board of information about the life and legacy of Dr. Garcia de Orta in a garden that bears his name.  Dear, Respected … Continue reading

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