CLEMENS A IESU

CLEMENS A IESU (lay Giovanni Jacobo Peano di Penni, often called with hybrid name Clemente Peani or Clemens Peanus). Alessandria 7.4.1731 — Mattancherry 7.4.1782. Fr. Italian Missionary and Precursor of Indology. A Discalced Carmelite monk. He joined the order in 1749, studied six years at missionar seminary in Rome and was sent to Malabar Mission in 1757. Worked in the Verapoly Mission in Cochin, Kerala. In 1768 he visited Rome in order to supervise the printing of his Sanshepan Vedartham (Malayālam Catechism). On return in 1774 he was appointed General Vicar of his bishop.

Publications: anonymously published (ed. J. C. Amadutius) Alphabetum Grandonico-Malabaricum seu samscrudonicum. 28 (Introd.) + 100 p. R. 1772.

Sanshepan Vedartham. A Christian doctrine published in Rome 1772 as the very first book printed in Malayālam characters.

Grammatica Latino-Malabarica. 1772, manuscript lost.

Sources: Thankappan Nair 1973, 130.

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