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The Diaspora in Search of Its ‘Promised Land’

Correa, Sharal T (2016) The Diaspora in Search of Its ‘Promised Land’. In: National Seminar on "Dislocation, Identities, Multiculturism & the Diaspora", 24/02/2016, St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) , Mangalore.

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Abstract

This terminology has its roots back in the Holy Bible when the Israelites were led by Moses, the leader appointed by God Himself to guide them to their ‘Promised Land’. The Israelites walked in the wilderness for 40 years after being rescued by God from the hand of the Egyptian Pharaoh. In Deuteronomy 28:25, the Lord addresses this diaspora and states the consequences that could follow if they disobey Him and His commandments and thus warns them to be faithful to Him. This group skirted around mountains and valleys hoping to settle in the land the Lord was taking them to. But in this pursuit they were seen complaining against the man of God and against God Himself. They inclined towards foreign gods and practised idol worship which they had observed back in Egypt and after their release from their captivity, they even longed for the food they ate in this enemy land. Finally their rebellion led to their destruction, as they did not get to enter the Promised Land. Thus this diaspora lacked an identity of its own. It seemed to have a blend of two cultures: one their ancestral and the other of the land of Egypt. This mixed cultural influence resulted in their missing out on the Promise Land and all the benefits it had to offer. Even in today’s world this scenario is strongly evident wherein people end up losing their identities miserably. Individuals are seen immigrating for this sole purpose called ‘better prospects’ or in search of their so called ‘Promised Land’ without making an effort to know whether this is what is predestined for them or not. Thus, in this rapidly changing world, the reoccurrence of the ancient times and the episodes is largely witnessed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Humanities and Management
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 13:55
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 13:55
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/148322

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