Hinduism in the Mauritian Landscape : transfer and appropriation
Mauritius is a young nation born from a plantation society and many migratory movements. The Mauritian nation was built on the demographic majority of the descendants of Hindu indentured labourers. This Indo-Mauritian community defends its legitimity to represent and govern the nation, but also its specificity comparing with other ... [Show full abstract] Mauritian communities. Slavery and the rupture with roots as crucial to a Creole identity are replaced by the Indian heritage supposedly brought and preserved by Indian labourers. Between a Creole Hinduism (born from contact between cultures in a plantation society context) and temptations to trace its roots back to India, the Hindu community in Mauritius managed to locally anchor its religious practices, which I study through the invention of Mauritius as a Hindu territory and the appropriation of public space through the ever-growing number of religious sites.