RCI pays tribute to Father Benjamim Videira Pires, S.J, Macao educator, historian and writer, to mark the centenary of his birth


This number of the Review of Culture features a compilation of articles devoted to this remarkable figure, founder of the D. Melchior Carneiro Institute, and to the leading role he played in Macanese society for half a century. Educator, historian and writer, Benjamin Videira Pires, S.J. is here honoured by Jorge A. H. Rangel, Aureliano Barata, António Aresta, Ana Cristina Alves, Celina Veiga de Oliveira, Jorge Bruxo, Maria de Lurdes Escaleira and Jorge de Abreu Arrimar.

An article on the categorization of the Early Literature of Macao and the role of Tang Xianzu, by Cai Jiehua and Roderich Ptak, introduces a new chapter devoted to literature, where as well the novel Os Dores by Henrique de Senna Fernandes, serves as a subject of study for the two academics to produce an insight into Macao.

The Asian discovery of the Great South Land and the sandalwood trade Timor-Macao are issues discussed by Geoffrey Gunn in the chapter that concludes this number.

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