Boundary Markers: Contemporary Village Markers
Contrary to the pattern of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in this area, village boundaries are no longer sites for identity formation. They are, in fact, as one villager noted, of little consequence. One cause is likely the fact that taxation is done on an individual basis, and not at the level of the village. Boundaries are now descriptive of property ownership, and exist for specific fields and individuals. They are not the basis for village definition and its resulting tax assessment.
Today village and district boundary markers consist in small roads, canals, and lines of toddy trees. Individual field boundaries, the ones that are now regarded with greater importance, are marked by the raised walkways that separate the flooded paddy areas.
Markers in General