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Echoes of the Millstone: An Ethnographic Account of Life in a Village in Sri Lanka Lokubanda Tillakaratne

Echoes of the Millstone: An Ethnographic Account of Life in a Village in Sri Lanka

Lokubanda Tillakaratne

Published March 13th 2014
ISBN : 9781494468989
Paperback
330 pages
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This is the mosaic of Maradankalla, a small village in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. The firsthand accounts of archaic marriage customs- ancient door locks in the village- ambush of game at the dry bed of the village tank (irrigation reservoir)- killingMoreThis is the mosaic of Maradankalla, a small village in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. The firsthand accounts of archaic marriage customs- ancient door locks in the village- ambush of game at the dry bed of the village tank (irrigation reservoir)- killing of a majestic tusker- work at a buffalo kraal- noosing wild buffalos- rendezvous of 7-month old baby and a baby elephant in a jungle farm- public caning (spanking) in the village school- lay priest ascending to divine trance with hypnomantic convulsions- bali rituals for various deities and demons- folk theater in the village square- slash-and-burn farming- honey collecting- and bone-chilling midnight cry of Devils Bird or ulama - a cryptid writ large- all samples of the vivacious ways of a time being overtaken by changes. Complete with a glossary of Sinhala words, Bibliography, and Index.