Philippus Baldaeus

Philippus Baldaeus Philips Baelde or Father Philippus Baldaeus, (baptized on 24 October 1632, Delft – 1671, Geervliet) was a Dutch minister. He went to Jaffna during the Dutch period in Ceylon with an invading Dutch force. As the second European after Abraham Rogerius he documented the life, language and culture of Tamil people, living in the north of the island. It is a great historical record, and it was immediately published in Dutch and German (with several beautiful pictures). English translation was published by Ceylon Government Railway (1960).

*Dutch Minister, Author of Description of the East Indian Countries of Malabar, Coromandel, Ceylon, etc. *Author of the first European document about the life, language and culture of the Tamil people in northern Ceylon.

He wrote much about the religious, civil and domestic conditions of the places he visited and introduced his account of the Hindu mythology. He translated the Lord's Prayer of the Tamil language, and although it had mistakes, it was remarkable as the first treatise, printed in Europe of any Indian language. Baldaeus went back to Holland and preached until he died while still a young man. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Baldaeus, Philippus
Published 1672
By Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge en Johannes van Someren