The yakun natima, or devil dance ritual of Sri Lanka, is nothing if not full of drama. Not just a charade or interval designed to entertain, the yakun natima is a carefully crafted ritual with a history reaching far back into Sri Lanka’s pre-Buddhist past. It combines ancient Ayurvedic concepts of disease causation with deft psychological manipulation. Lasting up to twelve hours, it mixes raucous humour with deep-rooted fears to create a healing catharsis for both patient and community.
I just like the words in the first part. Is it about Seenigama Devol Kumaru.
Nondi Kumaru …….
Demala mau ….. (means Tamil mother)
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looks similar to ‘bhootaradhane’ of coastal karnataka.
Sounds like a Sinhala word, or can be broken up
bhoota=bootha= devils, spirits
dhane = dana = gifts, offerings
it is bhoota+Aradhane= bhootaaradhane.= DEvil worship ( approximately)
Its a bit like the Bali’s Ramayana dance
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