- Derived from feringhi, a term widely used in India and the Malay world to refer to white Europeans, especially the Portuguese, this Burmese (Myanmar) language term refers to the followers of Felipe de Brito, who were captured after the fall of Syriam (Thanlyin) in 1613 and exiled to villages near Shwebo in Upper Burma, where they formed a separate community who continued to adhere to the Catholic faith. Some served in Burmese armies as artillerymen. Reportedly some inhabitants of Bayingyi villages still have fair hair, though they have long intermarried with local Burmese.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.
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