Laterite

Goa’s bedrock.

The Konkani term tambdi maati – lit. red clay – has special meaning to Goans. It refers to the red soil of our land derived from the bedrock laterite that spans Goa‘s demesne.

Traditional Goan dwellings – homes, temples and churches – were built with laterite and coated with lime. Post-1961 we saw the retreat of laterite and the dismal spread of Third World concrete.

Chapel windows in Arpora, Goa

Laterite wall and windows of nacre, in Arpora
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

 
House of Dattaram Wadkar in Thivim, Goa

House in Thivim
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

 
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, stripped of its lime plaster
5D, 24-105L

 
 
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