CABRAL, João

CABRAL, João. Cerolico/Guarda 1599/1601 — Goa 4.7.1669. S.J. Portuguese Missionary in India and Ladakh. Jesuit since 1619, in 1624 to India. In 1626 he was sent together with —> E. Cacella to Shigatse (arrived in 1627), in 1628 returned travelling as the first European through Nepal. Soon back to Shigatse with —> M. Diaz, but Diaz died on journey and Cacella later in Shigatse, and JC had to go on alone. In 1632 his superiors decided that the mission in Shigatse was too difficult to support and ordered him to return. He corrected Andrade’s error that Lamaism should be corrupted Nestorianism. Afterwards, he worked many years in Japan, Macao, Tongkin, and India.

Sources: Koch, Jesuiten-Lexikon under Cacella; *Sommervogel.

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