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Excavating MemorySites of Remembering and Forgetting$
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Maria Theresia Starzmann and John R. Roby

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061603

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061603.001.0001

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Marginalized Narratives

Marginalized Narratives

Memory Work at African Shrines in Kochi, India

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Excavating Memory

Neelima Jeychandran

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses how memories of African communities in the port city of Kochi in the South-Indian state of Kerala are generated and preserved through shrines dedicated to the spirits of deceased Africans, locally known as Kappiri. Based on an analysis of memory practices surrounding such shrines, this chapter argues that memories of enslaved Africans in Kochi are conserved through rituals and beliefs directed towards Kappiri. While the histories of colonialism and of forced African migration to seaports on the Indian Coast are often eclipsed from institutional discourses, the memory work of contemporary Afro-Indian communities is active through worship of an afflicted African spirit who guides, heals, and bestows his benevolence to those who recall his burdened collective histories.

Keywords:   Kappiri, Colonialism, Forced Migration, Ritual, Afro-Indian Communities

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