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The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories Paperback – December 17, 2004


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (December 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520244400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520244405
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This path-breaking book makes novel and riveting connections between scientists and occultists in the West and Tamil nationalists in India. Ramaswamy's history of the fabulous and lost continent of Lemuria is a brilliant demonstration of how imagination travels." - Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference "Sumathi Ramaswamy's important book is sure to ignite fresh interest in the place of lost lands in the modern imaginary. Her fascinating account of the least known of these - Lemuria - breathes new life into the centrality of 'labors of loss' in nationalist historiography. In refusing to dismiss such narratives as eccentric and inconsequential, Ramaswamy compels scholars to look anew at the fabulous and occult in order to understand the shaping of scientific and colonial modernity. Impeccably researched and elegantly written, this is altogether a marvelous read." - Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, author of Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief"

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"This path-breaking book makes novel and riveting connections between scientists and occultists in the West and Tamil nationalists in India. Ramaswamy's history of the fabulous and lost continent of Lemuria is a brilliant demonstration of how imagination travels."—Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference

"Sumathi Ramaswamy's important book is sure to ignite fresh interest in the place of lost lands in the modern imaginary. Her fascinating account of the least known of these—Lemuria—breathes new life into the centrality of 'labors of loss' in nationalist historiography. In refusing to dismiss such narratives as eccentric and inconsequential, Ramaswamy compels scholars to look anew at the fabulous and occult in order to understand the shaping of scientific and colonial modernity. Impeccably researched and elegantly written, this is altogether a marvelous read."—Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, author of Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Courson VINE VOICE on March 4, 2012
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Sumathi Ramaswamy, an associate professor of history at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor has written a captivating account of what in the West has come to be known as Lemuria, or Mu, a lost continent in the Southern hemisphere variously placed in either the Pacific or Indian oceans. First postulated in the mid-nineteenth century by geographers, biologists and evolutionary theorists as an explanatory mechanism for the similarity of flora and fauna found in Southeastern Africa, Madagascar and the Indian subcontinent, Lemuria captured the attention and imagination of occultists like Helena Petrovna Blavatsky - who saw the sunken land mass as the primordial home of a divinely engendered humankind - as well as nascent Tamil nationalists eager to promote the notion of a vast Tamil empire, now lost, whose sole contemporary remnant is the Tamil-speaking regions of Southernmost India and Northern Sri Lanka. It is on the role of this "lost world" in the elaboration of Tamil origins, identity, communal solidarity, and aspirations to nationhood that the author focuses.

Kumari Kandam is a land mass that is supposed to have sunk beneath the India Ocean sometime in middle to late prehistory, extending from the southern tip of peninsular India to Madagascar in the west, and Australia in the east. It is sometimes considered as part or all of Lemuria, a hypothetical continent variously located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
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One of very very few books about KumariKandam. Very detailed study and yet to finish this. Great outline for my daughters 9th grade project
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