- By Geeta Kapadia
Memory is essential to our idea of who we are, without it
we have no sense of continuity, either as individuals or as communities.
In the minds eyes---some objects are created as
aider-memaire—deliberate prompts for the memory, they give remembrance
a physical form ,People who have strong power to recall have always been valued
especially in societies that have no system of recording events in writing .In
the past sacred texts were often, recited for generations before they were
written down. Just as people can hold narratives in their mind , an aide-memoir
,is also container of memories.
The aide-memoir does not reproduce in detail the things to be
remembered, but instead works symbolically. At its most basic it is like a
knotted handkerchief –only the object’s creator can interpret its meaning.
after death some people are represented as if they were still alive .Their
lives, their appearance and their deeds are idealized and they are imagined as
continuing reality. This is especially true of religious figures whose lives
continue to provide powerful sources of images after they have died. Memories in
such cases may provide consolation and inspiration , healing and protection.
such as souvenirs and momentous-objects brought Forward
from other times –evoke memory and create nostalgia, particular intensity and
sense of devotion are aroused by relics or objects brought back from religious
shrines or sites. Modern pilgrims still bring back Holy water, soil for
others badges of posters. There is ancient and continuing need to create and
collect objects as tokens of memory .
is constantly changing, reshaping our experience of the past and present to
create a sense of the future. Today photo, film, video and computer all work as
instrument of memory. Images and sounds may appear to fix time, but on
reflection , they to dissolve into the flow of remembered events.
objects continues to be a means of creating memory, from simple souvenirs to
work of art they are collected by individuals communities and museums and
continue to chart the progress of our memories.