THRISSUR, INDIA, April 14, 2013 (Times of India): A Sanskrit grammar written by German born grammarian, lexicographer and philologist Jesuit missionary Fr. Johann Ernst Hanxleden, popularly known as Arnos Padre, was released in Belgium. The over 300-year-old work, considered one of the earliest missionary grammars in Sanskrit, was released on April 10, Fr. Roy Thottathil SJ, Director of Arnos Padre Academy here, said.
He told PTI that he received an official communication in this regard from Prof Christphe Vielle and Prof. Toon Van Hal of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium., editors and publisher of the book. The 88-page manuscript of "Grammatica Grandonica" was found missing for over three centuries and it was recovered last year by Hal from a Carmelite monastery's library in Montecompatri (Rome), Thottathil said.
Born at Ostercappeln near Osnabruck in Hanover, Germany, Hanxleden arrived in India on December 13, 1700, as a Jesuit missionary. Proficient in German, Sanskrit, Malayalam, Latin, Syriac, Portuguese and Tamil, Hanxleden compiled Malayalam-Portuguese and Sanskrit-Portuguese dictionaries. He mastered Sanskrit even when learning it was taboo for non-brahmins and wrote several essays in Latin based on Ramayana and the Mahabharata.