MAFFEI, Angelo Francesco Saverio

MAFFEI, Angelo Francesco Saverio (Angelus Francis Xavier). Val di Rendena, Tirolo 12.11.1844 — Nellikunja near Kasargod 31.5.1899. S.J. Italian Missionary in India. After classical studies at Collegio Vescoville in Trento he started clerical studies and was sent to Università Gregoriana of Rome. Joined the S.J. in 1871 and served as teacher of mathematics and philosophy in Padova, Bressanone, Scutari (Shkodër in Albania) and Zara (Dalmatia). Joined the Mangalore mission in 1878 and immediately started the study of Indian languages. Travelled much in southern Karnataka. In 1891-96 Rector of Collegio di S. Luigi in Mangalore. Fellow of Madras University.

Publications: A Konkani Grammar. 439 p. Mangalore 1882; Konkni ranantlo, sobit sundor talo, or a sweet voice from the Konkani Desert. Mangalore 1892.

An English–Konkani Dictionary and Konkani–English Dictionary. 545+157 p. Mangalore 1883.

The Fourth Centenary of the Coming of Vasco da Gama to India. A Lecture. Calicut 1898.

Sources: A. Sorrentino, “Gli studi Konkani di Angelo Maffei”, La conoscenza dell’ Asia e dell’ Africa in Italia nei secoli XVIII e XIX. 1. Collana “Matteo Ripa” 3. Naples 1984, 447–463; *Lettere edificanti della Provincia Veneta 1900, 249-269.

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