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Festivals, rituals and ethnicity among East Indians in Trinidad

Ratimaya Sinha Bush (Author), Ojo Arewa (Degree supervisor)
This research was conducted in order to examine definitions of East Indian identity among a group in Port of Spain, Trinidad. It was found that in defining "Indianness", religion played a key role, especially symbols taken from the Hindu epic The Ramayana. Even non-Hindu Indians spoke of the protagonists of this text, Rama and Sita, as the ideal role models and made parallels between Lanka (the capital of Ravana, the demon king of The Ramayana) and Trinidad. In using symbols from The Ramayana, East Indians in Trinidad have been able to unite and set themselves apart from Trinidadians of African descent. Hindu cultural symbols have thus been politicized
Thesis, Dissertation, English, 1997
Ohio State University, [Columbus], 1997
Ohio State University