Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Language, Education, and Innovation 2018

Cultural Identity of Mauritius through Kovils

Angela Ramsoondur

Department of English Studies, University of Mauritius, Réduit, Mauritius


The paper attempts to understand how Tamil-speaking Indo-Mauritians vehicle their cultural identity through their attendance to kovils (Tamil temples). A kovil is space of meanings and also a language on its own where specific rituals, celebrations and activities (treated as ‘texts’) blend together creating a communal sense that demarcates Indo-Mauritians fluent in Tamil and their rituals from the globalization effect of homogeneity. In that sense, there is a postcolonial movement through the perpetuation of faith in Mauritius. This study demonstrates also that culture itself is in constant movement; the postcolonial island of Mauritius in fact continually re-defines amidst the flow of different ‘texts’ at three selected kovils located at QuatreCarreaux, Camp-Diable and Rose-Belle.


identity, kovils, Mauritius, postcolonial, culture, ecology