Monday, October 24, 2011

'Thookku' and 'chedil' 'kaavady', Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

The 'Kaavady' derived from the Tamil words 'Kaavu+thady' (carrying+stick) is a ritual performed by Saivite Hindus in Sri Lanka. It is to fulfil a vow made to a God or Goddess. The video shows a 'kaavady' procession wending its way from the 'Muththu Mari Amman' temple at Avissawella to another 'Muthu Mari Amman temple at Puwakpitiya about 4 Km away. You can see a devotee suspended on a horizontal pole by fish hooks inseted to the skin on the back of the chest. Another devotee is seen dancing on the road. Click on the video link below to see the action:-