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It was the tank and village of Maha Potana; and when the weary band of pilgrims
suddenly saw the monotony of the trees and of the parched jungle give place to
the water, and the green fields, and the white dagobas, the shrines built by kings
Up and down stream were innumerable pilgrims, washing from them in the
sacred waters the dust of the journey, and the impurities of life, before they
entered the village. They followed the example of the other pilgrims, and
performed the ...
Then the pilgrims called upon the name of the god, and with bowls of blazing
camphor upon their heads followed him in procession to his mistress's temple.
There the kapuralas, blindfolded, took the god, hidden by the cloth, from the
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing
Set in colonial Ceylon, this novel is vivid and readable. While the author clearly illustrates a particular culture and time, that of a rural family in the "dry" forest area, where life is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve38 - LibraryThing
Dear me but this is a depressing book. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong for the main characters. Written from the point of view of impoverished, uneducated jungle dwellers in Sri Lanka by ... Read full review