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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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Mann

Mann

The Lakshadweep Islands are made of ‘bilutha mann’ (white sand). The corals sediment to form the white sand of the islands which are often ...

Mann

Sand

Kaattu – Wind

Kaattu – Wind

For Ikkakka, a seventy-year-old man from Kavaratti, the wind always floats around the island. He believes that it is the duty of the guardian ...

Kaattu

Wind

Swahili Creole and the Siddis of Gujarat

Swahili Creole and the Siddis of Gujarat

Dhamaal in Bava Gor's shrine: a glimpse of baithaaki dhamaal in Jamnagar.Documented by:  Hameeda Makwa Siddi, Farooq Maqwa Siddi, Soumali Roy, ...

Habshi

Siddis

Rope

Rope

Thoni balli, a term used in the Beary language, refers to a specific type of rope. It played a vital role in connecting the wooden planks that ...

Thoni balli

Rope

Apple – Title of the story

Apple – Title of the story

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Apple

Rethi

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 ...

Rethi

Sand

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