Goans are rightfully proud of their history. Almost from the beginning invaders have eyed this paradise and set out to take it. What Goa does is take these incomers and like a cultural whale swallow them whole, changing the and taking over the imposter rather than the other way round. The result is today a true melting pot and a unique Goan heritage.
From the second century until 1312, Goa was under the Kadamba rulers, and for most of the fourteenth century Goa was dominated by Muslim invaders. It was annexed by Vijayanagar and later conquered by the Bahmanis proad, who subdivided it in 1382, making it a part of the Bijapur kingdom, which it remained until the coming of the Portuguese.
Alfonso de Albuquerque conquered Goa in 1510 and ordered his men to marry the widows of the Muslim defenders they had murdered. Not the ideal dating agency. The idea was that the locals would be thus converted to Christianity - in fact the opposite seem to apply as the Portuguese gradually adopted Indian ways. The Portuguese rulers chewed betalnut, drank arrack and kept harems like Indian Mughals. However the Church had a strong influence resulting in building of some impressive churches.
After India gained independence in 1947, a freedom movement led to the annexation of Goa by force in December 1961. Goa became a union territory in 1962 and a state in 1987.
First there was the Hindus then the Muslims then the Portuguese conquistador Catholic church then came the new age hippies in the 70’s all this has created a highly spiritually aware population. Today Christianity and Hindus are the main religious groups with the interest in Christianity at an all time high.
Taxi’s are either Hindu or Christian in Goa. You can choose between ones decorated enthusiastically with Ganpati elephant god shrines or step into mini churches on wheels.
Either way taxi drivers in Goa are remarkable friendly and in our experience much less likely to rip you off than taxi drivers anywhere else in the world.