Oblivious to the passing hours, my friend sat talking in front of me. He had come all the way from Avissawella, though from the way he spoke he didn’t seem tired or flustered. Outside the rains poured and the winds blew, while inside the lights flickered every time the thunder…

The sociology of Kohomba Kankariya

Kohomba Kankariya: The Sociology of a Kandyan Ritual, by Sarath Amunugama

Vijitha Yapa, 2021, 204 pages, Rs. 2,000

One of the oldest rituals in Sinhala culture, the Kohomba Kankariya is also the biggest. It is certainly the most expensive, requiring tremendous reserves of energy, effort, enthusiasm, and initiative. Bringing together…

“The middle-class of this country, a majority of them, appear to follow Jathika Chintanaya. But it’s very clear that they don’t know what Jathika Chintanaya means. Nor do they seem interested in knowing what it is. Gunadasa Amarasekara talks about Jathika Chintanaya. I talk about Chintanaye Jathikathwaya. Those not hailing…

Uditha Devapriya

Sri Lankan. History fanatic. Movie addict. Book lover.

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