Monday, March 30, 2015

Old 'Ambalama' S, 'Ambalam' T, at Molligoda, Kegalle - Mawanella road, Sri Lanka.

These were put up during the time of the Kandyan Kings nearly 200 years ago. These were resting places for foot sore weary travellers. Note the typical Kandyan roof design and the stone pillars.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

'Silambu palaendheema', Part2, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

The official wearing of the dancers anklets at the 'Maanikkawaththe Pansala'.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

'Silambu palaendheema', Maniccawaththe Pansala, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.Part 1.

Please click on each of the web-links below to see videos of the action:-

 Students in a dancing class, learning 'Sinhala Natum' - Sinhalese dances, have a graduation ceremony. At this the anklets - 'Halamba' S, 'Silambu' T, are ceremonially tied. This is a religious ceremony. I took these pictures at such a ceremony at the Maniccawaththe Pansala, Avissawella on the 22nd March 2015.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A helicopter in the morning sky, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

This s a relatively rare sight after the change of the President.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A 'Thalagoya' S, 'Udumbu' T - Varanus bengalensis bengalensis, at the Diyatha Uyana, Malabe, Sri Lanka.

“…Thalagoya (1681). Ever since Robert Knox, English writers have often described the thalagoya in relation to the kabaragoya merely because these lizards are by far the largest to be found on the island. As there are many references to the word in English literature pertaining to Sri Lanka, I have passed them on to the OED as historical evidence to enable the editors to determine whether the word merits an entry in the third edition. My suggested definition (which should conform to the revised definition of kabaragoya): "In Sri Lanka, the name given to the land monitor, Varanus bengalensis bengalensis."
The reference by Knox (1681:31) reads: "There is the Tolla guion very much like the former, which is eaten, and reckoned excellent meat. The Chingulays say it is the best sort of flesh; and for this reason, That if you eat other flesh at the same time you eat of this, and have occasion to vomit, you will never vomit out this tho you vomit all the other. This creature eats not carrion, but only lives on herbs; is less of size than the kobbera guion, and blackish, lives in hollow Trees and holes in the Humbosses: And I suppose is the same with that which in the West Indies they call the Guiana."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015