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Visual Culture

Churches tend to be built in stone or concrete, and to reflect one of three eras — whether a Portuguese baroque Jesuit style, or a whitewashed French Gothic style from 19th- and 20th-century missionaries, or painted concrete contemporary styles in the postcolonial era.

Visually and practically, it is difficult to distinguish the home images of a Syro-Malabar Catholic from a Syro-Malankara or a Latin rite Catholic. The same is true of churches, though the interior the Latin rite churches often tend to be more colorful than the Syrian rite churches. Painters often apply a very bright, Indian color palette to otherwise European-styled images of the Sacred Heart, the Holy Family, St. Jude, the Divine Mercy image. In Bangalore, pink and white is a recurrent color scheme at the altar.

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