29 / 2009
Marta Vilar Rosales

Objects, Scents and Tastes from a Distant Home: Goan Life Experiences in Africa

This paper reviews part of the outcome of a research project based on the life narratives of a group of Goan Brahmin families with a common past: a long life experience in colonial Mozambique, followed by a forced exodus to Portugal after its independence. The families´ life experiences were explored via the discussion of their past homes, their material culture and domestic consumption practices, which proved to be a positive contribution to revealing significant features of their position in the former colonial system.
KEY WORDS: materiality, home, migration, colonialism, Goa