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The Lost Land of Lemuria A B O O K The Philip E. Lilienthal imprint honors special books in commemoration of a man whose work at the University of California Press from 1954 to 1979 was marked by dedication to young authors and to high standards in the field of Asian Studies. Friends, family, authors, and foundations have together endowed the Lilienthal Fund, which enables the Press to publish under this imprint selected books in a way that reflects the taste and judgment of a great and beloved editor. The Lost Land of Lemuria Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories Sumathi Ramaswamy UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS Berkeley Los Angeles London University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University of California Press, Ltd. London, England© 2004 by the Regents of the University of California Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ramaswamy, Sumathi. The lost land of Lemuria : fabulous geographies, catastrophic histories / Sumathi Ramaswamy. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-520-24032-4 (cloth : alk. paper)—ISBN 0-520-24440-0 (pbk : alk. paper) 1. Lost continents. 2. Tamil (Indic people). 3. Tamil (Indic people)—India—History. 4. Civilization, Ancient. 5. Lemuria. 6. Tamil Nadu (India)—Civilization. I. Title. GN751.R26 2004 001.94—dc22 2003022825 Manufactured in the United States of America 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 The paper used in this publication is both acid-free and totally chlorine-free (TCF). It meets the minimum requirements of ANSI/NISO Z39.48–1992 (R 1997) (Permanence of Paper). For my father, in the shadow of whose loss I wrote this book This page intentionally left blank A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias. Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism This page intentionally left blank ...


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