Banishment and Belonging: Exile and Diaspora in Sarandib, Lanka and Ceylon

Banishment and Belonging: Exile and Diaspora in Sarandib, Lanka and Ceylon
Lanka, Ceylon, Sarandib: merely three disparate names for a single island? Perhaps. Yet the three diverge in the historical echoes, literary cultures, maps and memories they evoke. Names that have intersected and overlapped - in a treatise, a poem, a document - only to go their own ways. But despite different trajectories, all three are tied to narratives of banishment and exile. Ronit Ricci suggests that the island served as a concrete exilic site as well as a metaphor for imagining exile across religions, languages, space and time: Sarandib, where Adam was banished from Paradise; Lanka, where Sita languished in captivity; and Ceylon, faraway island of exile for Indonesian royalty under colonialism. Utilising Malay manuscripts and documents from Sri Lanka, Javanese chronicles, and Dutch and British sources, Ricci explores histories and imaginings of displacement related to the island through a study of the Sri Lankan Malays and their connections to an exilic past.

Author/Editor

Ronit Ricci

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

ISBN

978-1-108-72724-2

Published

2019

Specialisation

Humanities

Theme

Diasporas and Migration
History
Literature
Religion

Region

Inter-Asia
South Asia
Sri Lanka
Southeast Asia
Indonesia