Knananites are a very distinct ethnic and religious group whose ancestry traces back to our Fore-father ABRAHAM the Patriach of the Old Testament.
God the Almighty saved the 12-tribes of Israel through MOSES from the slavery of Egypt and finally JOSHUA lead them & settled them in Canaan in 1250 BC.
King David become their King from 1004-965BC). The first Jerusalem Church was built by the son of King David, King Solomon. After his death, in BC 928 the country was split to two. One was called the kingdom of Israel consists of 10-tribes. And the other was the Kingdom of Judea consists of the other 2-tribes (The tribes of Judah & Benjamin). The country of Judea was at the South side, who were the descendents of King David. This tribes had the tradition of marrying within the Tribes only and they never allowed marrying outside their tribes.
In BC 720 the country of Israel was conquered by Assyrians and in BC 580 Judea was conquered by the Babylonians. The Jerusalem church was destroyed and the people were exiled.
Later King Cyrus of Persia conquered the whole area and he helped the scattered people to come back and settle down. Thus in BC 515 the second Jerusalem Church was built again.
But in BC 332 Alexander the Great conquered the country and made the place as part of Roman Empire. During the rule of Roman Empire, our savior Jesus Christ was born to the descendents of King David. And He was crucified by King Herod the then king of Judea in 30 AD.
Again in AD66 there was big revelation started and in AD70 the second Church of Jerusalem was destroyed. All the people, except those who were in Galilee, were killed and or exiled during the Bar Kokhba battle from AD132 to 135. (The Jewish community in Kochi are those run away from there during AD132 to 135).
However, the people of Galilee, who were from the country of Judea were scattered to Jerusalem, Kana, Bakudash(Bagdad), Ninuva, Uraha(Edessa).
After about 300 years later, our for-fathers, about 400 people from 7-Tribes & 72-Families, under the leadership of Resp. Knai Thoman migrated to Crangalloore (Kodungalure) on 7th March, 345 AD.
From the above history, we can confirm that we are the descendents of King David, King Solomon & the brethren of our Savior Jesus Christ. Again, if we look behind, we can be proud of the truth that we are the descendents of ABRAHAM, ISHAK & YAKOB the selected people of our lord THE YAHOVA.
The present Knananites are the descendents of the around 400-people from 72-Families of the 7-Clans, migrated to the Mahadaver Pattanam (Kodungalloore) on March 07, 345AD.
The 7-Clans are :
1) Bagi, 2) Belkuth, 3) Hadi, 4) Kujalig, 5) Koja, 6) Mugmuth, & 7) Thegmuth.
The 7-Tribes represent 7-Sacraments, and the 72-Families represents the 72-disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit informed Mar Joseph Metran of Edayssa in his sleep that the Malabar Christians are being humiliated and they are badly in need of leaders. Hence he decided to send some of his people to Malabar, headed by the business man Resp. Knai Thoma. The Bishop, Mar Youseph of Uraha, 4-Priests and some Decons joined the group.
With the blessings of the Patriach of Antioch Mor Yusthedius, the Casolicks Arch Bishop sent them off with gifts and the Holy Bible. The deep hearted departing message became the basic principles of all Knananites, which is MAKALE, KANUMO, HINDUVIL- POYALUM, BANDHANGAL VERPADATHORKANAM EPPOZHUM, PATHUM ORAZHUM ATHE EPPOZHUM CHINTHIPPIN, PADUMARIYATHIRIKAYANM NINGALUM.
The meaning is that, my beloved children, we will not meet again, but keep up your blood relations, even if you are in India, always remember 10-commandments and 7-Sacraments. We the Knananites are still keeping this basic principles and we do hope that we should keep it till infinity.
When the Migrants reached Kodungalloor, the then King Charaman Perumal, sent his brother Ramavarma Thamuran & his Minister Sri. Vattath Mannan to receive them and and respected them by giving 72-positions and ruling authority over 17-casts. Also Resp. Knai Thoman was named after his own name as KO CHERAKON KNAI THOMA.
Knai Thomman and the 72 families lived in te country as an endogamous community but at the same time helped the local christians to re group and new people to be converted to christianity. Knai Thomman took the initiative to arange the spiritual services for the christian community and established spiritual relationship with the syrian church and subsequently the syrian rite was introduced and practised. He helped the local King in flourishing the busines of the east and became the close friend of the king and the people.
Knani Thoma was buried at the St.Thomas church built by himself at Kodungangaloor. Christianity was flourishing till 15th century. But the St.Thomas Church of Knani Thoma was destroyed by the battle between the King of Kochin and the Samudiri of Kozhikode in 1524. The after effect of this war is the migration of the Knanayates to Udayamperoor, Kaduthuruthy, Kottayam, Chunkam, Kalliserry.