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Sacred spaces and border crossing: Sinhalese dreams of a Sri Lanka-Sicily round trip

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Mara Benadusi

Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania., IT
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The paper focuses on the metaphor of the saints’ body/border as a means to analyse the social field of the migratory flows between Sicily and Sri Lanka. The saints’ body is viewed as important on a symbolic-sacred level, but even more broadly as a centre of what migrants experience in the in-between space spanning ‘here’ and ‘there’: as living simulacra of a civic-religious cult that crosses borders, the saints’ relics function as a site of agency and a medium of communication. Far from a rigid and pre-established container that constrains migrants’ lives, the social field established by the flows between Sri Lanka and Sicily is an embodied and circular space forged in part through civic-religious practices that make migrants feel at home in the borders.
How to Cite: Benadusi, M., (2016). Sacred spaces and border crossing: Sinhalese dreams of a Sri Lanka-Sicily round trip. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences. 38(2), pp.95–105. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljss.v38i2.7394
Published on 21 Jul 2016.
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