~ Sea lexicon ~

The ‘Sea Lexicon’ is a collaborative endeavour that aims at the co-creation of a lexicon based on words related to the sea. It is an invitation for a transregional thinking through the perspective of the sea. We focus on words that animate the lives of coastal communities in various languages across the Indian Ocean.

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NEW STORIES

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Rethi

Coconut trees are salt resistant and maybe even salt-loving! In fact, when you plant a coconut tree away from the coast, you need to pour salt near the stem of the growing sapling. In the Sundarbans they are prized for their hardiness against ...

Thanni – Title for the Story BARISHAM

Thanni or drinking water is a central concern on the Lakshadweep islands. Fresh water sources on the island were derived from ponds and wells where the rainwater got trapped in creeks of crevices of rocks. It is the presence of drinking water ...

Odam – Title for the Story

Odams are sewn boats that were used for navigation in the Lakshadweep Islands. The islanders (except residents of Minicoy) used these sailing vessels for the transport of people and goods until the 1970s. Today, the odam is  replaced by ...

Contribute to the lexicon

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The Sea Lexicon project is an ongoing attempt to document the words from the indian ocean region. You can help build the database of words and expand the lexicon