chapter  2
13 Pages

Crossing past and present

Heritage and identity among Hindu-Gujarati diaspora in Portugal
WithInês Lourenço

There are about 33,000 Hindus in Portugal, where they settled after the decolonisation of Portuguese colonies in Africa, with particular emphasis on Mozambique from the late 1970s. Their integration into the Portuguese society was peaceful and exemplary, resulting in mutual inclusions. This chapter focuses on the analysis of the process of identity consolidation of this community, based on an inclusive project that intends to explore the heritage of the Portuguese Hindu diaspora. Here I intend to analyse the choices of tangible and intangible heritage made by individuals to represent themselves, their community and their diverse backgrounds. Resulting from a combination of ethnography, visual anthropology and museum studies, this research intends to perceive not only the identity construction process of this community but also the participation and agency of its members in the growing processes of visibility of their group.