Monday, 22nd September 2014

Letters

Devil dancing prevailed even before Buddhism was introduced Mask dancing, though practised in various forms in several other parts of the world, has a tradition all its own in Sri Lanka, where it is a ceremonial dance of the Sinhalese people. Also known as ‘devil dancing’ it is believed to have prevailed even before the introduction of Buddhism and is still largely resorted to, especially in the Southern and Uva Provinces. The chief characteristic of mask dances is that all of them are directed to a superhuman being. According to the Sinhala belief, there are four guardian gods, one in each...