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From Hambantota town to Kataragama there were practically no villages and
neither food nor shelter was obtainable. Among pilgrims there are always a large
number of sick people who are brought to the temple to be cured by the God.
These unfortunate people trailed along the unpopulated Magampattu road and
along the jungle track, from Tissa to Kataragama, half starved, many of them
falling sick and dying on the way. There was something even worse than this :
very often they ...
complete isolation, I enjoyed my fortnight and left Kataragama with slight regret.
The complete self-confidence of the British imperialist in 1910 was really rather
strange. Here was I, an Englishman aged 29, who had collected in the middle of
the Ceylon jungle nearly 4,000 men, women, and children, gathered together
from all over Ceylon and Southern India. I was responsible administratively for
everything connected with the well- being of these people and for the
maintenance of law ...
to come to Kataragama and the revenue which they obtained from offerings must
have been pretty considerable. There was not cover enough in the village to
shelter 1,000 people; there had been heavy rain during the pilgrimage and the
result was much malaria and pneumonia. The authorities, I said, should at least
provide temporary cadjan buildings and cut drains round them. I left Kataragama
on July 23rd, 1 9 10. I saw it again on my visit to Ceylon on February 16th, 1960.
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In the feudal society of Ceylon "I felt that there was some depth of happiness rather than pleasure, of satisfaction, . . . which the western world is losing or has lost." (p 158) Judgments such as ... Read full review