Goan Village Communities


Author: Visitação B. Monteiro

PB | pp. 120 | 2019 | Visitação B. Monteiro

Goan Village Communities by Visitação B. Monteiro gives an overview of Goan village communities, also called Ganvkaris/Communidades, from the Portuguese times to the present.

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In this book the author presents and impartial picture of “Village Communities” to reveal how village life was nursed under “Village Communities” of Goa by self-rule and governance. Due to a pact in 1510, the Portuguese were obliged to protect the life and accept the existing administration of affairs dealing with land and properties by usage and customs since time immemorial and to collect the state share in the form of tribute as per usage and customs.

Today it has been observed that our people, for individual or personal benefits, have ignored the force of the existing usage and customs protected by Parliament Law.

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About the Author

The author is a Diocesan Priest belonging to the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. He was born in Santo Estevam on 2nd of July 1946.

He joined the Minor Seminary at Saligao in 1960 and thereafter completed his Philosophy of Theology in the major seminary of Rachol and was ordained Priest at Santo Estevam Churn on 25th of April 1973 by Dom. Raul N Gonsalves, Emeritus Archbishop Patriarch.

He has exercised his Patoral Ministry as Assistant Parish priest of Nuvem and Guirim Churches and as Priest in the parishes of Tuem, Colvale, Rachol and Sao Pedro.

Presently he is the Parish priest of St Anne’s Church, Bodiem, Tivim. He is currently engaged in research on migration of Goans.


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