The Fama is a poetic deity that broadcasts good news. This allegoric figure has been used by the Catholic Church to announce the beginning of a period of special prayers to the patron-saint or patroness of the parish, which culminates in the Feast. The Fama is an event of minor relevance in the liturgical calendar, except in Colvá, Goa.
Author José Venâncio Machado uncovers interesting facts relating to this image from his research of several manuscripts of King João V of Portugal (1706 – 1750) and his Overseas Council, as well as a bundle of manuscripts pertaining to a lawsuit between the Jesuits and the inhabitants of Colvá, going back to between 1726 and 1729 – a rare judicial case regarding the ownership of a statuette. Together, these documents allowed the reconstitution of the fascinating history of this statuette.