VILLAGE-TEMPLE CONSCIOUSNESS IN TWO JAFFNA TAMIL VILLAGES IN POST-WAR SRI LANKA

Pathmanesan Sanmugeswaran
This dissertation investigates how community rebuilding is occurring in a gravely damaged, post-conflict society. Specifically, it looks at how people in two villages in Tamil, Hindu, Jaffna, Sri Lanka, are using their ‘sense of place’ and ‘place-making practices’ or what I call here their ‘village-temple consciousness’ or village consciousness, to maintain and rebuild their communities after war to make them, once again, places in which they feel a comfortable sense of belonging. This is a...
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