Kataragama Mysteries and Realisations

Realisations about Sri Lanka’s multi religious pilgrimage site.

Sign of Sri Lanka’s hidden cultural complexities

Human religious and cultural practices tend to flow far outside neat ethnic demarcations. Often in ways that are taken for granted to the point of invisibility. For me, the most prominent manifestation of this tendency is the undercurrent of Hindu beliefs in Sinhalese and Buddhist cultural practices. Given the complex layers of histories in Sri … Continue reading Sign of Sri Lanka’s hidden cultural complexities

Family Kovil Colombo Sri Lanka

Buddhist and Hindu cultures have coexisted seamlessly in my family. It extends to relationships with religious institutions as well. On the Buddhist side there is Asokaramaya, which has a long presence in family history. For more regular religious maters there's the smaller temple down our road. Palaya Kadiresan Kovil (pictured in the Google Earth screen … Continue reading Family Kovil Colombo Sri Lanka

Udappuwa / Udappu Sri Lanka Geoblogged

Udappuwa (also seems to be called Udappu) is small village on the north west coast of Sri Lanka. Its a place of several Hindu festivals. The most recent (held in early May) is poetically described in a post by Indi and immortalised by Dominic Sansoni's photography. The most striking are the traditional dances performed by … Continue reading Udappuwa / Udappu Sri Lanka Geoblogged