Living Loss at Land’s End

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in The Lost Land of Lemuria

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931855 | DOI:
Living Loss at Land’s End

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This chapter examines devotees of Tamil in colonial and postcolonial India. It documents how and why Lemuria accumulated the density of commemorative meaning in the Tamil country by first considering its transformation from the homogeneous paleo and occult place-worlds of Euro-America into an intimate Tamil home-place that is catastrophically lost to the ocean. Labors of loss accompany paleo-scientific and occult placemaking around Lemuria in Euro-America, but the loss experienced by its Tamil place-makers appears much more profound and personal precisely because it is not some remote paleo land or occult domain that vanishes, but the very birthplace of the Tamil language, literature, and culture.

Keywords: Tamil; colonial India; occult place-worlds; Euro-America; loss; occult placemaking

Chapter.  18859 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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