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ST. THOMAS' ARRIVAL ON THE COAST OF KERALA

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By Paula Gruber on Monday, July 23, 2007 - 05:03 am: Edit Post

(I PICKED UP THIS STORY TRAVELLING THROUGH KERALA. I THINK IT IS WORTH RESEARCHING. SINCE I WRITE ONLY IN GERMAN, I WISH TO THANK JUSTINE MY TRANSLATOR FOR WHAT YOU READ IN ENGLISH BELOW. IT IS A FASCINATING STORY THAT SHOULD BE KNOWN TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. The story was told to me by Parukutty, an 88 year old Nair lady from her child-hood memory, of a story told to her by her Grand-Mother. )

THONDACCHAN AND THE FOUR SILVER COINS

The worship of Thondachan, a Hindu family deity, by a particular lineage of Nairs (native martial clan) of Malabar, Kerala, and especially the manner and ritual of this worship is noteworthy. Though a family deity, Thondachan is never worshipped within the Nair household. Nor has this deity been ever given a berth among the pantheon of Hindu gods at any of the Hindu temples presided over by the Brahman priests (called Namboodiris). Thondachan has a special altar built outside the Nair family compound, where non-Brahmin priests perform rituals. While Chaamundi, Vishnumoorthy, Pottan, Rakteshwari and Bhagavathi became the non-Aryan non-Brahmin deities for the village folk of Kolathunaad (an ancient province of North Kerala) along with other primitive spirits and folk-heroes, Thondachan has an even smaller following among a select Nair clan. It is believed, that up to the present day, altars for Thondachan’s worship exists in the Cherukunnu area in Kannur (Cannanore) district, especially in the lands surrounding old tharavad houses (ancestral mansions) of the Nairs.

When Thomachan (the apostle St. Thomas, - achan, signifying father) came ashore, landing at Maliankara near Moothakunnam village in Paravoor Thaluk in AD 52, (this village located 5 kilometers from Cranganoor (Kodungallur), Muziris, on the coast of Kerala), some of his followers as well as other sailors and merchants were suffering from a severe form of scurvy. Thomachan himself suffered from a sore throat which he chose to ignore, and which grew deadily worse, until no voice emanated from his lips for many days. A local Jew named Matan took the weary travelers to a local Nair tharavad (locally known as Kambiam Vallapil), in the province of Kolathunaad, a territory comprising the present Cannanore District and Badagara Taluk of Kerala State.

It is said that at the time of Thomachans arrival at the Nair tharavad, the Nair karnavar (landlord or head of family) lay injured from a grievous wound that had been inflicted upon him in a feudal duel. Upon seeing this, Thomachan sat beside the injured man and meditated, laying his hands on the mans head, his throat, his chest and his groin. Immediately the karnavar felt relieved from pain, and his healing was hastened. Within a day he was up and about, his wounds nearly healed.

In return, the Nair household offered shelter to the strangers and called upon their family physician to cure the scurvy that the travelers suffered from, as well as Thomachans severely infected throat. Nellikaya (Emblic Myrobalan or Indian Gooseberry) based potions prepared by the tharavad was used to cure the sea-worn voyagers. In an act of gratitude, Thomachan is said to have blessed them, and gave them four silver coins saying, ‘May these coins bestow my gurus blessings upon you and your household, for take heed when I tell you that the money I pay you today is anointed with the blood of my guru.

This holy man, Thomachan, is believed to have related a curious story to the members of the tharavad, which has been passed down the ages.

Before he set sail from a seaport in the region called Sanai somewhere in the western seas, he had witnessed the persecution of his guru, who was tortured and nailed to a wooden cross and left to die. He spoke of how his guru returned from his ordeals three days later, fully cured. His guru handed him the silver coins saying, ‘my body was sold with these, and now they have been returned to me, all thirty pieces. Put them to good use, as I have. Though you ll choose to travel by sea, I shall meet you again in the mountains of the land where you will finally arrive.

The Nair tharavad later migrated further north to the Cherukunnu area of present day Kannur. They referred to the four silver pieces as rakta velli (blood silver) or parindhu velli (parindhu for eagle, as one face of all these four ancient coins bear the figure of an eagle). They also decided never to utilize the silver as it was the custom then not to part with the gift of a guest.

Over time, and with the advent of Christianity, the significance of the four silver coins received by the tharavad was understood, but family history is still obscure as to whether Thomachan possessed, or what he did with the remaining twenty-six pieces of silver his guru gave him.

This Nair family never converted to the Christian faith as did many others in that region. Subsequent migrations of Nair clans continued throughout history, but the story of the four rakta velli pieces was passed down the generations, as did their veneration for the holi sanyasi Thomachan, (later called Thondachan, a nickname perhaps coined from the story of his sore throat, -thonda for throat. Another story goes that the name Thondachan was adopted in the early 16th century to avoid persecution by the Portugese). Thus by a curious turn of events, the apostle St. Thomas was transformed into a Hindu deity for an ancient Nair clan of Kerala.

A present day member of this family is still believed to be in possession of the four pieces of silver. But what is more important is that the story of St.Thomas' landing at Kerala, which is often scoffed at by Western Christians,is strengthened by the fact that it was not necessary for an ancient Hindu clan of Nairs to invent a story and pass it down the generations. I, a German national truely believe the above incident DID indeed occur more than 2000 years ago.


By Father Peter Sinclair on Monday, July 23, 2007 - 05:04 am: Edit Post

This is a fascinating story. Rumours of these four coins have been heard noted for many centuries. In fact the Portuguese and the English were also aware of the existence of these four coins. I have seen references of a "gift of silver" by St.Thomas to a Hindu family.

It is time Christians woke up and researched this story. These coins are priceless.

Fr. Sinclair


By Anon on Monday, July 23, 2007 - 05:05 am: Edit Post

Any german speaking Nasrani around. Please follow up.

The Nair family deserves many many rewards and acclodes. Please don't try to harass them as the Portugese attempted. So I suggest Theolgians give way for the historians and the family should allow to preserve it as they had done it for past 2000 years.

Ms Paula:

Sorry for the long delay for the follow up. Since http://nasrani.net/2007/05/22/hindu-traditions-of-st-thomas-%e2%80%93thondacchan -and-the-four-silver-coins/ posted it in their website I believe it will attract considerable attention in the coming days. Be prepared Paula for the curious queries from us.


By Ranjith Perimpulavil on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 03:16 am: Edit Post

The entire story is a hoax. There is no historical proof for this. No family(Tharavadu) will survive 2000 years. Also, there were no Nairs or Nambudiris(Kerala Brahmins) in Kerala in the first century A.D. which was the life time of St Thomas.


By Pastor Gregory Baiz on Monday, August 25, 2008 - 04:39 am: Edit Post

On at least six occassions that I personally know of, these coins were used for healing of the sick. Six occassions in the last 30 or so years. It is very well known to many of us at Bangalore that even Benny Hinn made some discreet enquiries about the ownership of these coins, during his visit here, in an attempt to acquire them for his church.

It also appears that the Portuguese sailors were already aware of the existence of these four coins in the hands of "pagans" when they landed in India for the first time centuries ago.

It is not correct to be judgemental about something until you have all the facts. Even if "the entire story is a hoax",as Ranjith Perimpulavil puts it, it certainly is not a recent one. I have heard of these coins since my childhood. Only the advent of the Internet has brought the story out for all to read and debate about.


By Ipe George on Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 01:15 pm: Edit Post

This is a very interesting story and is something that those who are doing research into the Church in Kerala need to take seriously. It is a tradition that St. Thomas came to Kerala and converted some Brahim families in Kerala, i.e., seven Brahmin families. But brahmin history stated that brahims did not come to Kerala until about 7-8th century AD. Now the basis of the church in Kerala, especially the Mar Thoma Church, into whose history I am researching into is that 7 brahmin families were converted and they form the basis of the Mar Thomas Church. If the story of the coin have some fact then there is a lie going on somewhere!!!! Now there is no biblical or reformation proof to show that God has worked through a single family yet it seems that the first 9 bishops in the orthodox church come from the Pakalomatttam family and five from the Mar Thoma Church come from the Palakunnathu family, the family that the reformer came from. They also claim that their root is from the Pakalomattom family. Tradition states that the Pakalomattom family is a brahmanical family. So Christains in Kerala have to awaken to this and do some research because if God does not work through dynasties, a lie is being perpertuated here and may be this is the basis of the ineffectiveness of the church in Kerala

You can contact me on my email ipe_george@yahoo.co.in for further queries

Ipe George
B.Sc., B.D


By Anurag Neeliath on Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 05:03 pm: Edit Post

This story is interesting. I would like to add that I am from a Nambiar (Nair) family in Kannur. We do worship a god named Wayanattu Kulavan (also known as Thondachan or Moolayadan or Aadi Moolayadan). But, we actually worship a form of Shiva who is blind and deaf. There is long story about that and reason for our worship. There are many Nair families and even other caste including Brahmins worshiping this god. So, I do not think many Nair families worship Thondachan as St Thomas. I would like to know if the topic poster has the details of those Nair families as you mentioned just to check with my elders in family. I am from the family named Neeliath Akathoot.

Thanks
Anurag Neeliath.


By Krishnamoorthy S on Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 04:51 am: Edit Post

The St. Thomas story is a figment of imagination. Thro 2000 yrs the story has grown beyond proportions. If the Nambudiris (Priests) and Nairs (Warriors) were the converts, then why is it that there is not even one single famous christian historical personality. There is not a single famous Vaidhyan (Doctor) or a famous warrior or any famous christian person (whatever his vocation) in the history of Kerala for the first 1000 years of christ. Its a myth spread by christians in Kerala to gain credibility and social status. They will have to earn it the heard way by participating in the making of history. (Not even in the british era, any christian of at least mediocre bearing showed up). So all these christians who want to make a 'research' on this, will save a lot of time if they got back to some useful work. One thing about christians is that they stick to the group. They are good agriculturists. Another thing is that they have a relative abroad making money (be it a nurse or a teacher or a doctor).


By Anonymous on Monday, October 31, 2011 - 12:38 am: Edit Post

This story is just one among thousands of fake story in my opinion. This is just a part of Christian missionary work. Thomas converted chiraiyyil family to Christianity they were settled at Trissure. This family may be migrated from north Malabar to trissure before they converted in to Christianity as chirayyil house name is thiyya house name. The Ponnukurishu muthappan, thiyya used to call divyen as muthappan. Im afraid to put this information here because some people will use this is an opportunity to say kannur muthappan was Thomas so that they can make a try to convert thiyya in to Christianity. The people who know only one type of administration slavery found good opportunity in Christs though made a system to gather people under the system that is what Christian missionary, to catch counties administration. Missionary educational system and administration made increase the earth temperature and going to kill the mother earth.
Religious is a kind of slavery system like communism and corporate company. This system is prepaid for make benefit for religious leaders like father and ledgers but remain all people will be as slave under the system. But India basically believes on knowledge and all deities are knowledge only. Knowledge will purify person and provide ultimate freedom (mukthi). Basically hindus are free from religious so no one cannot use power on individual family or except own father and mother and country administration until they belief in country administration.
Tondachan is a Guru Karnavar (same blood) who helps his decentres to reach Devi workshop is the most power full workshop among Hindu.


By Anonymous on Monday, July 28, 2014 - 09:39 am: Edit Post

what are you talking mr krishnamurthy...don't you ever heard of famous mammen mathew ( malayala manorama ). or relation of ayyappa in shabarimala with a christian priest,history of many old churches,institutions,schools,how can you ignore the contributions of christian community to india in all aspects of life..are you trying to cover the hole with darkness dear.


By Anonymous on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 02:50 am: Edit Post

http://www.essayforum.com/books-5/history-modern-caste-formation-kerala-50824/


By Paula Gruber on Monday, April 06, 2015 - 06:38 pm: Edit Post

THE FOUR SILVER RELICS OF ST.THOMAS THE APOSTLE

( Translated from German by Justine)

I believe your website was among the first ones to carry my story of St. Thomas and the Four Silver Coins back in July 2007. It is 8 years since, that I am writing once again with the help of my good Indian Catholic friend Justin who is translating my German into English. For the record, here is the full story of the events that led me into publishing the discovery of those four coins.

( Translated from German by Justine)

It was actually on my initial visit to India in 1972 that I first saw the four Rakta Velli pieces. I visited the Nair Taravad (ancestral home) at Cheru Kunnu in Cannanore district along with a mutual acquaintance, a nun from the nearby St. Martin de Porres Hospital who was also my interpreter. (My travel out of Germany was prompted by the state of my mind. I remember I was very depressed that year following the massacre of Olympic athletes in the city and later the passing away of my mother.) Anyway, on that occasion, the story that Parukutty Amma, the old lady at the Nair Tharavad in Kerala told me, seemed ludicrous and farfetched. But the faulty perception was partially mine as I had never really believed the story that the apostle St. Thomas had visited as far east as India or even that Christians actually existed in India as early as the first century AD. Thanks to my ignorance, at first it sounded nonsensical because I reasoned that neither the Romans nor for that matter any substantial community even within Judea had converted to Christianity as early as that. They would probably still be recovering from the shock of the crucifixion. To be told that a contemporary of Christ himself had established many churches in Kerala about 1,950 years ago was, I then thought to be a local yarn or legend. As many Europeans still do, I believed the propagation and the spread of Christianity in India was a result of the much more recent colonization of India by Europeans such as the English, French, Dutch and Portuguese despite the nun from the local mission hospital making several attempts to convince me that I was wrong. In fact, on that visit to Parukuttys ancestral household I had not even bothered to photograph, measure or weigh these venerable coins when they were shown to me.

But by the year 1976, sitting in my room in Munich, I had begun to give a more serious thought to what exactly I had been shown at Parukuttys ancestral house four years ago. My curiosity had reached a highpoint for I had just returned from Lisbon where I had the opportunity to go through a private collection of very old manuscripts dated between 1690 AD and 1860 AD, recovered or rescued from Daman and Goa, India, in 1961 by one Manuel Antnio Vassalo e Silva, which contained details of several attempts by the Portuguese to acquire four silver coins, referred to variously as moedas de prata santos, moedas de Tomas, relquias de Tomas and moedas sangrentos supposedly in the possession of some Hindu family in Malabar. There were details of arrests made, interrogations carried out and even summary executions. It is also mentioned in aPadroado Real, indicating that even the Pope of that time was aware of the existence of these coins. Now there was no doubt in my mind as to what the Portuguese were looking for. I longed to return to Kerala once again and visit Cheru Kunnu. Thus in the winter of 1976 I landed at Bombay, into a very different India from my last visit. It was as if some of Germanys afflictions had followed me there. The whole country was in some sort of curfew and my passport and travel papers were being scrutinized more often and in greater detail. The police were present in most places. I remember being warned by well-wishers not to be critical of the government or be seen carrying more cash than a regular tourist. A large number of the countrys opposition as well as press reporters and foreigners were languishing in jails. The vibrant democracy I had known of that country seemed to have gone bananas!

However, I had no intention of abandoning my quest. In the very first week of that visit I had not only come to know the story of St. Thomas and his martyrdom in India, near Madras, but also that in the past, various denomination of Christians in Kerala had made attempts to acquire the four coins gifted by St. Thomas to preserve them in a church as relics. I was told by some old priests of a Catholic Church that Syrian Christians or Nasrani Christians made the most vociferous claims to the coins as early as the 1920s but that the issue took a back seat during the Malabar riots of 1921 and the matter was subsequently forgotten. According to my friend at the mission hospital, Malayalam writings of that time made several mention of the St. Thomas coins. Nehru during his prime-ministership is believed to have received a petition from a priest of Kerala to do all that he could to restore the coins to the Nasrani church. Nehru apparently ignored the petition as his office issued no reply.

On my second visit in the winter of 1976 I found myself in a different scenario at Cheru Kunnu. The beautiful ancestral house with its kolum (pool), teak-wood pillars and central courtyard was lying in a huge heap of rubble. The heavy brass fittings on the doors were being ripped off the age-old timber to be sold away. The rubble was now being used to fill the black granite-linedkolum on the steps of which Parukutty and I had sat chatting not many years ago. Trucks arrived to carry the timber and age old furniture away. I was aghast and remember shedding a few tears, much to the amusement of some family members and workers scattered around the compound. A foreigner is hardly ever seen in these parts and this time my friend, the nun from the mission hospital, could not accompany me either. I stood alone at the edge of the compound at the concrete gateway of the house the locals call a koni, having made it through the pathways in the paddy fields below and terrified at the thought of encountering a snake. A smaller house of common contemporary architecture had been built nearby, through the doorway of which Parukutty emerged. She smiled despite looking much older than her seventy-odd years and very weary. She was obviously ailing and had only risen from her bed on hearing of my arrival. She offered me some prasadam from the Someswari Temple, a languishing ancient Hindu shrine located barely a minutes walk away outside the Taravad compound. I was then met by a nephew of Parukutty who was a government revenue officer of some seniority in the district collectors office. He explained in slow and halting English how difficult it was today to maintain a manor house of that size in this day and age. And how and why everybody in the family was now living scattered elsewhere, mostly outside the state of Kerala prompting him to make the decision on behalf of the whole family to divide the large estate into plots for the heirs of the taravad if they ever chose to come back to the land. He also revealed that the taravad house they were now demolishing and which was at the foot of a gradually rising hill, was a rebuilt one, the original one having been removed to allow the railway line to pass through in the early 1900s.

I followed Parukutty into her new house, recently built on what was given to her as her share of the taravad land within the large compound. Over coffee, cakes and banana chips I broached my pet topic again with her. The joy and the enthusiasm of my earlier encounter with her was missing and it took some effort to keep her on the topic. She complained about the power-cuts and the disinterest of most family members to visit the taravad even once in a few years which had resulted in the decision to demolish the taravad. She vaguely remembered the taravad in all its splendor when she was a little child. Of lawyers, judges and soldiers in her family. Of temple elephants and palanquins, festivals and feasts; and especially of the familys contribution to the nearby Annapoorneshwari Temple as well as the austerities endured during the countrys freedom struggle of 1947. She remembered as a child, learning the spinning of cotton on a charka from the elders as one of Mahatma Gandhis efforts at self-sustenance. Today, our clothes come from Dubai she laughed.

On my request, and when the table was cleared, the old lady produced the little box with the coins. My excitement this time was irrepressible. I washed my hands before handling them and took pictures of each as best as I could. Using a small weighing scale I carried for the purpose, I weighed each piece of silver. I even measured the approximate diameter of each coin. Satisfied that at last I had enough data, I returned the coins to the old lady. She then began to narrate three or four instances when the nun from the mission hospital brought Christian patients with acute and chronic ailments furtively to the taravad to pray before the coins, placing their hands over the little box that contained them. The nun claimed the patients experienced quick and complete recovery from their afflictions. I listened to the familiar miracle stories related to Christian relics the world over, wondering what to make of it.

All went well up to that point in time. However, from that moment onwards, other relatives who had been curiously listening to our conversation began addressing Parukutty in Malayalam, after which the mood in the room turned altogether somber. Parukutty suddenly pleaded with me not to write or publish any article regarding the coins as the country was under martial law of some kind. She tried to explain to me that any controversy related to the coins in the newspapers may be met with unwarranted police enquiry, something her relatives feared. Though I couldnt see any crime committed or law broken by the mere possession of some family heirloom, I promised her I would publish nothing. As I was returning to Bombay, I also remember that year the newspapers in Kerala was agog with news of some human rights issue surrounding police brutality referred to as the Rajan case. Perhaps there was this unreasonable and morbid fear of what the police might be capable of in the psyche of a Malayalee in those days.

I remember Parukuttys last words to me, India is more secular, tolerant and careless today, Paula-mole. The communist government in Kerala dont care for relics. You have witnessed that my very family doesnt care for their own taravad. The bright lights of Dubai and Saudi is todays reality. Everyone wants to go there. New television sets, cars and electronic goods are the only kind of attraction. Thondachans shrine lies dilapidated somewhere in the paddy fields. We have stopped contributing to the annual puja years ago as though it was some superstitious belief of the lower caste. Since the demolition started hundreds of valuable antiques from the taravad have been sold for a song. The day is not far when these coins will also be forgotten when I am gone,mole. (her speech was often interspersed with mole, an endearing local expression to mean little one or daughter.)

Quite some years would pass before I travelled to Israel in the mid 1990s and was introduced to an expert in middle-eastern, especially Biblical numismatics. His name was Yaakov Meshorer, an acclaimed scholar in the field. He examined the enlarged photographs of the four Rakta Velli pieces closely along with the weights and diameters I had recorded.

Interesting! Remarkably well preserved! Meshorer remarked. The lack of adequate patina for a set of coins as ancient as these would have bothered me. But considering they remained uncirculated and did not change hands could be partly the reason for their mint condition. But these four coins fall in the category of what I call Jerusalem fakes.

Meaning they are not the real thing? I enquired. To which Meshorer explained, I do not wish to comment on whether these four coins belong to the thirty pieces mentioned in the Judas story as told in the New Testament. But my belief is that it was most likely a Shekel of Tyre that Jesus and Peter paid as the Temple Tax. Half Shekel each as mentioned in Matthew 17:27, and therefore it is possible that the same Shekels of Tyre were the coins that the priests of the temple paid to Judas as mentioned in Matthew 26:15. There were two kinds of Shekels from Tyre in use in Judea at that time. One that had the alphabets KP inscribed on them belonging to the era 18 BCE - 66 CE and one without. When Tyre discontinued minting these coins in 19 BCE, and Jewish authorities continued minting them in Jerusalem because they were the only coins acceptable for tax payments, perhaps due to the higher percentage of Tyrian silver in these coins. The artistic style deteriorated however with every new lot minted over the decades, but their overall look as a Tyrian Shekel and their weight in terms of silver content was enough to pass them off as Shekels of Tyre. These temple fakes are many, varying greatly in design accuracy as various casts and molds were used by the priests over time. Many perhaps remain to be discovered yet. Your four coins belong to this category. It may well have been thirty of these Jerusalem fakes that Judas received from the priests. The four coins you have here definitely belong to a category of the Shekels of Tyre that existed in the time of Jesus.

That information from a scholar of eminence was enough for me. I knew for certain the coins were true relics from St. Thomas. It was anyway inconceivable to me that a semi-literate old Hindu woman would make up such a fantastic story. The old Portuguese records in themselves were quite convincing to the extent that the Portuguese inquisitors had definite intelligence and information that the coins had survived till the 16th and 17th century, and were in the possession of the Kambian Valappil Nair family. The only question that now remained unanswered in my mind was how St. Thomas came into possession of the thirty Shekels of Tyre that was a matter of secret transaction between the temple priests and Judas.

As if by an act of destiny, translations of a text called the Gospel of Judas discovered in Egypt began emerging from 2001 and was even published in early 2006 by the National Geographic Society. The Gospel of Judas is a Gnostic gospel whose content consists of conversations between Judas Iscariot and Jesus. In contrast to the canonical gospels which paint Judas as a betrayer of Christ who delivered him up to the authorities for crucifixion in exchange for money, the Gospel of Judas portrays Judas's actions as done in obedience to instructions given by Christ. Even in the canonical gospels there is evidence to believe Jesus knew exactly who would betray him, when and how it will be done, etc.. Obviously there was more to the events of 2000 years ago than was recorded by Mark, Mathew, Luke and John. Of the hundreds of gospels written in the centuries following Christ, only four have been declared acceptable or Canonical. There is also a long list of lost gospels - which have been well known to have existed and written earlier than the canonical gospels, perhaps immediately after the crucifixion, but which disappeared or have been destroyed at various times in history on the whims of some monarchs, non-Christians or the Catholic Church itself. I am certain the truth will finally emerge on how these thirty pieces of silver came into Jesuss and St. Thomass possession.

Today, I am over seventy years old and quite feeble myself. My last visit to India was in 2004, staying long enough to see the Taj Mahal and visit Rajasthan. I returned to Germany in 2005. It was another India all over again for me. Cars of every description plied the roads. The roads themselves were lined with malls, supermarkets and stores selling exclusive international brands. People looked wealthy and fashionable. Consumerism was certainly at a high. It was mid-October when I landed at Bangalore, this time having decided to take the road to reach Kerala. There was some excitement on the highway when news broke that some famous bandit had been killed by the police. I remember wondering what a strange country I was in. I had just left behind a city whose streets were lined with blue-chip corporates and malls with bowling alleys and fine-dine restaurants. In a matter of less than a couple of hours I was on a highway where a man who lived his life as a forest brigand and elephant poacher had just been killed.

My dear Parukutty amma was long dead and the compound in which the taravad stood was overgrown with weeds. Some new houses in the vicinity were perhaps owned by her relatives but it appeared pointless trying to communicate with them. My friend, the nun at the mission hospital, had also been transferred elsewhere. I had come alone and left Cheru Kunnu in a matter of hours without meeting anyone except some hospital staff who barely knew me. I felt free to now talk about the coins, perhaps even write about it. This is what I did when I returned to Munich. Justin, a contact in India later wrote to me to tell me that the story was circulated among Indian Christians but most seemed unsure about its authenticity. Very few even felt the need to investigate anything more into the matter. Parukutty was right. Nobody quite cared. Instead, a few months later a relative of Parukutty called me on my mobile phone all the way through to Munich, in a rather foul mood wanting an explanation as to why I had broken my promise. I told him that it was time the world got to know about a very important relic lying in obscure hands. And that anyway the person to whom I had made the promise was long dead. Apart from that I had myself published the article only in Germany. I felt I had done my bit for God and man. The caller began to use abusive language. I listened to some of his offensive expletives and decided I had had enough of this exploit in my life. I am aging too and not in good health lately. I have delved into this story long enough. I have failed to understand the irrational fear of publicity some members of this family has. Apart from the fact that this event in the Bible, particularly that of the exchange of these silver pieces between Judas and the temple priests was the pivotal episode for the very start of Christianity, these relics also proves that the apostle St. Thomas had indeed visited India. The coins may never be revealed to anyone for another generation by this Hindu family. But I, once and for all desired to set the record straight and let the matter rest for good in my life. Thus, this is my story in all its necessary detail. One may believe it or call me a liar. I have nothing to gain or lose from this. I am and can be firm with belief in my own experience. This is my truth.

Thanking You

Yours Sincerely

Paula Gruber
MUNICH


By Dean John on Friday, June 05, 2015 - 11:15 am: Edit Post

I own one of this blood silver now. If anyone interested to do a research on it can contact me through my mail id deanjohnjoseph@gmail.com I own only one.. Not sure about the other three now. Expecting more help from you guys to find the missing 3. Am from Kerala only. If interested to see images then email me. I strongly believe that this is a piece of history and it should be studied thoroughly..

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