By Tariq Jazeel
Sacred Modernity argues how daily non-secular reviews of the wildlife in Sri Lanka perpetuate ethno-religious identitarian narratives. It demonstrates the relationships among areas of nature and setting and an ongoing aesthetic and spatial structure of energy and the political during which Theravada Buddhism is centrally implicated. to do that, the publication works consecutively via in-depth case stories, either one of that are widespread websites wherein Sri Lankan nature and setting are commodified: first, the country's most famed nationwide park, Ruhuna (Yala), and moment, its post-1950s modernist environmental structure, 'tropical modernism'. through enticing those websites, the e-book finds how standard historic understandings in addition to regular fabric negotiations of the seductions of Sri Lankan nature are by no means faraway from the continuing construction of a post-independent nationwide identification marked ethnically as Sinhalese and religiously as Buddhist. within the Sri Lankan context this minoritizes Tamil, Muslim and Christian non-Sinhala distinction within the nation-state's average, environmental and ancient order of things.
To make this argument, the e-book writes opposed to the grain of Eurocentric social medical understandings of the recommendations 'nature' and 'religion'. It argues that those options and their implicit binary mobilizations of nature/culture and the sacred/secular respectively, fight to make noticeable the pervasive ways in which Buddhism - suggestion in its place as a 'structure of feeling' or aesthetics - concurrently naturalizes and ethnicizes the cloth of the nationwide in modern Sri Lanka.
Sacred Modernity indicates the care and postcolonial methodological sensitivity required to appreciate how 'nature' and 'religion' can be concept via non-EuroAmerican box contexts, specially these in South Asia.
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