Pamila Gupta: 'Dressed Up' in 17th Century Goa
'Dressed Up' in 17th Century Goa
(S. 87 – 117)

Pamila Gupta

'Dressed Up' in 17th Century Goa

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In the year 1624 officials of the Estado da Índia and members of the Society of Jesus jointly organized a reception to honour Francisco Xavier's recent papal canonization, two years earlier. This chapter develops a discourse and materiality of Goa Dourada by contextualizing the eyewitness testimonies of two such ritual participants to this event (one Italian, the other Portuguese), within a larger multitude of European travellers who flocked to Portuguese India, often described as a “Rome in India” throughout the seventeenth century. Given Xavier's historical ties to Goa, one of the many ways in which Portuguese colonial officials reinforced Goa's “goldenness” to its (colonial) subjects, residents, and visitors alike was through the staging of an elaborate celebration, with Xavier’s “miraculous” corpse as its ritual centerpiece, in much the same manner that Goa itself had been “dressed up” for this special occasion.

  • Portugal
  • 18. Jahrhundert
  • Machtanalytik
  • Ikonographie
  • Bildtheorie
  • Kunstgeschichte
  • 17. Jahrhundert

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Pamila Gupta

is a Senior Researcher based at WISER at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University.  Recent publications include: “Gandhi and the Goa Question”, Public Culture, Volume 23(2), 2011; Co-editor with Isabel Hofmeyr and Michael Pearson, Eyes Across the Water: Navigating the Indian Ocean, UNISA Press, 2010; “The Disquieting of History: Portuguese Decolonization and Goan Migration in the Indian Ocean,” Journal of Asian and African Studies, Volume 44(1) 2009; “Goa Dourada, the Internal ‘Exotic’ in South Asia: Discourses of Colonialism and Tourism” in A. Phukan, and V.G. Rajan, eds. Reading the Exotic, South Asia and its Others (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009). Her book, The Relic State: St. Francis Xavier and the Politics of Ritual in Portuguese India is forthcoming with Manchester University Press (2014).

Urte Krass (Hg.): Visualizing Portuguese Power

Images have always played a vital role in political communication and in the visualization of power structures and hierarchies. They gain even more importance in situations where non-verbal communication prevails: In the negotiation processes between two (or more) different cultures, the language of the visual is often thought of as the most effective way to acquaint (and overpower) the others with one’s own principles, beliefs, and value systems. Scores of these asymmetrical exchange situations have taken place in the Portuguese overseas empire since its gradual expansion in the 16th century.
This book offers new insights into the broad and differentiated spectrum of functions images could assume in political contexts in those areas dominated by the Portuguese in early modern times. How were objects and artifacts staged and handled to generate new layers of meaning and visualize political ideas and concepts? And what were the respective reasons, means, and effects of the visualization of Portuguese power and politics?