Saturday, August 15, 2009

Baker's van doing the rounds, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

Bakers are taking their produce by mini vans, to the door-steps of the villagers in Sri Lanka. The van's arrival at a set time is announced, by playing a melody as is the case with ice-cream vans. I took this picture in a by lane on the outskirts of Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

The 'Ther' festival, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

The 'Ther' is the tamil word for chariot. In ancient times Kings and grandees would be transported by 'Ther'. The animals used to drag these vehicles were horses or bulls. The 'Ther' was a large structure made of wood with massive wooden wheels. The superstructure was lavishly and artistically decorated. The 'Ther' was also used in war by commanders. Images of Gods of the Hindu pantheon are even now transported on festive occassions, on the 'Ther' which is owned by rich temples. I took these pictures of a 'Ther' procession, at Avissawella on 6/8/2009.