Abraham Rogerius

Abraham Rogerius. La porte ouverte. Amstredam, 1670.

Athanasius Kircher. China monumentis. Amsterdam, 1667.

Clergyman Abraham Rogerius lived for seventeen years (1630-47) at Paliacatta on the Coromandel coast. Impressed by the learning of the Brahmans and their views on life and death, Rogerius wrote this book about the life, customs, faith and religious practices of Tamil Brahmans. It is the earliest European account of Hinduism in Southern India and the first published work in Europe to contain a translation of a piece of sanscrit literature (the Sayings of Bhartrhari).