Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.

Living Sacred Heritage and ‘Authenticity’ in South Asia

Living Sacred Heritage and ‘Authenticity’ in South Asia
Living sacred heritage and ‘authenticity’ in South Asia
JagathWeerasinghe

The key concept of authenticity, argues the author of this chapter, needs to be re-examined and adjusted in the era of globalization, particularly in relation to the category of living sacred heritage. Local cultural contexts are no longer isolated islands of thought and tradition; they are in fact ‘globalized contexts’ inhabited by communities and individuals conscious of their rights who may well resist the interventions of heritage professionals who are solely guided by the authorized heritage discourse. The heritage can no longer be seen as a static entity belonging in the past. It is not a ‘thing’ but a cultural process, the author argues, and as such preservation procedures and ...

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