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The Lost Land of LemuriaFabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories$
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Sumathi Ramaswamy

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240322

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240322.001.0001

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Flooding History

Flooding History

Geographies of Loss

(p.137) Chapter 5 Flooding History
The Lost Land of Lemuria

Sumathi Ramaswamy

University of California Press

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

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