Thursday, November 1, 2012

The village adjoining Sorabora Wewa, Mahiyangana, Sri Lanka.

The village.

The water channel from the Wewa - reservoir.

The hearths in the boutiques.

Frying fish caught in the Wewa for sale to the tourist/pilgrims coming to the  site.
'Sorabora Wewa' - a large water reservoir - was built more than 2000 years ago during the rule of King Dutugemunu,  who reigned from 161 BC to 137 BC. There are many legends surrounding the building of a bund by a single individual. Like in quite a lot of the ancient irrigation works of Sri Lanka, the tank may have been built in prehistoric times. The single individual mentioned may have repaired a breached bund. There is a veddha ancestry for quite a lot of the villagers settled in the village near the bund.