Chapter

Flooding History

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240322.003.0005
Flooding History

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This chapter explores how the catastrophic placemaking of Lemuria results in the production of fabulous geographies of loss. The ocean is a source of both fantasy and fear to Lemuria's place-makers, although the density of these varies across the different labors of loss. It is in Tamil India that the ocean takes on a life of its own, as it emerges as the all-powerful and all-consuming villain in a series of catastrophic encounters between nature and culture, between water and man.

Keywords: placemaking; Lemuria; loss; Tamil devotion; fantasy

Chapter.  21176 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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