Saturday, May 30, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
|Statue of the original 'Horivila Vedarala'|
On a Saturday, Sunday patients start arriving by 3 wheelers, cars and vans by about 2am. Numbers for appointment are issued from 4.30am. Consultations start at 6am. The numbers reach more than 200 by 12 noon when no more appointments are given. After a short consultation - Rs.500/ given in a betel 'hurulla', for the first visit and Rs,200/- given for a second visit, herbal oils and poultices are applied. Three weeks supply of herbal oils and herbs to prepare the poultice, have to be bought from ayurvedic pharmacies close by. They will even grind the herbs for the patient, for a fee.
The draw for traditional medicines is still high in Sri Lanka.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Please click on the web-link below to watch the lighting on the Thorana:-
Friday, May 22, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
A 'Copra mill' was a mortar made of granite mounted vertically with a long stalk buried in the ground. There was a vertical pestle made of wood and mounted on a contraption. This heavy pestle was made to rotate inside the granite mortar by being attached to two bullocks which were made to go round and round the pestle. Dried coconut kernel, called Copra, was put into the mortar and the juice was extracted to be boiled and coconut oil and 'poonac' were the raw products extracted. Poonac was dried and used to feed cattle.
Posted by Philip Veersingam at 7:14 PM
Friday, May 15, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A 'Poruwa' ceremony is where, a couple is wedded according to ancient Sinhalese custom. Robert Knox writing in the 16th Century AD refers to the custom of a couple being wedded, by making them stand on a wooden plank - 'Poruwa' - made out of a 'Jak' tree, after which the couple was pronounced man and wife. As the couple is descending from the 'Poruwa' a coconut is broken in half using a heavy kitchen knife and if it breaks clean, is said to be an auspicious beginning for the marriage.
The picture shows the coconut and knife on display, laid on betel leaves after a 'Poruwa' ceremony.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Varying in size from small where articles of silk and jewelry was locked up, to bushels of paddy in huge versions, this design in wood was used extensively in the last century in Sri Lanka. Decorative carvings on the Mahogany wood with brass inlays, this is used as 'objets d art' in hotels and houses now.