Marrano

   Word meaning approximately the same as converso, or Jew, who converted to Christianity, or New Christian. The origin of this term is obscure. Marrano in the Spanish language means "pig," but some scholars claim that the word comes from the Arabic and various meanings have been given to it. In older Portuguese-English dictionaries, marrano means "cursed, excommunicated, filthy." After the 1496 expulsion of those Jews who refused to convert to Christianity, certain Marranos adopted Catholicism only formally and secretly practiced a form of Judaism. Small numbers of "Crypto-Jews" or "Secret Jews" carried on such practices in remote provincial towns of Portugal, including Belmonte, Beira Alta, into the 20th century.
   See also Converso; Manuel I, king, New Christians.

Historical dictionary of Portugal 3rd ed.. . 2014.

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