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There is a great temple there , and the great Beragama deviyo 1 lives in it . He is a Tamil god , so they say ; but Sinhalese kapuralas2 serve him in the temple . My father used to say that he is a very great god .
At either end of the broad straight street stood temples . The one at the north end belonged to the Beragama deviyo : the temple or dewala itself was a small , squat , oblong building , above which at one end rose the customary dome ...
ceremonies ; and that is why to this day , though the god is a Tamil god , and the temple a Hindu temple , the kapuralas are , all Buddhists and Sinhalese . The god , therefore , is of the jungle ; a great devil , beneficent when ...
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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
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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