COSTA, Baltasar da. Aldeia Nova (Guarda) 1613 — on sea 21.4.1673. S.J. Portuguese Missionary in India. Joined S.J. in 1627, despite of his poor health was sent to India according to his own eager wish in 1635. Worked 35 years at Madurai Mission and, unlike —> De’ Nobili, turned to low castes. From 1667 Provincial of the Mission, in 1670 came to Rome to fetch new workers, on returning voyage died before the coast of Guinea.
Publications: Some published letters.
– Arte Tamulica (Tamil grammar). Verapoli 1680.
Sources: Koch, Jesuiten-Lexikon; Sommervogel.