Johann Ernst Hanxleden

[Arnos Paathiri] (1681- 20 March 1732 / Ostercappeln, Lower Saxony / Germany)

Johann Ernst Hanxleden
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Johann Ernst Hanxleden, known as Arnos Paathiri (or Arnos Padri) was a German Jesuit priest, missionary in India and a Malayalam / Sanskrit poet, grammarian, lexicographer, and philologist.

Journey to India

After doing philosophical studies in his home town, Osnabruck, Hanxleden volunteered for service in India. Together with the Jesuits Wilhelm Weber and Wilhelm Meyr, and a doctor, Franz Kaspar Schillinger (who left us an account of the perilous voyage), he set forth (30 October 1699) on a long arduous overland journey to India, traveling through Italy, Turkey, Syria, Armenia, and Persia, and set foot in India at Surat (in contemporary Gujarat) on 13 December 1700. ... more »

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