An Outline of the History of the Catholic Burmese Mission from the Year 1720 to 1857 by Paul Ambrose Bigandet in 1887
From the Bibliotheca Orientalis series - Burma Vol. 1
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An Outline of the History of the Catholic Burmese Mission from the Year 1720 to 1857. The first (Portuguese) Christian missionaries arrived in Burma in the early decades of the 17th century. They were followed by a formal mission of the Italian Barnabite Fathers in 1721, which was briefly taken over by the Oblats of Turin in 1840, before the French Society of Missions was put in charge in 1856. The author, Head of Mission in the 1880s, bases his compilation on the records of travellers and his own interviews for the period up to 1840, in which year all mission records had been accidentally destroyed by fire. The details of specific missionaries and their activities are placed within the broader context of the political ebb and flow of the rivalries between the kingdoms of Ava and Pegu, and later with the wars against Britain. As well as giving details of churches and schools founded, the author provides descriptions of the towns and villages (and their inhabitants) where missionaries were active, and relationships between the Church and Burmese royalty.
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