Dambulla : A must-see photoessay of a day trip by ‘Sootch’ and Navin

NAVIN WEERARATNE : Threatened shrines and threatened people

Gaya’s intro : I had a hard time finding out the real meaning of the events in Dambulla and I failed to get a clear answer. The events were very clearly reported in the Groundviews reports. Yet it was rather strange to see a metal shed sealed off; to me a mosque was an imposing structure in white, much like the mosque near the Galle Fort.

The power of the monk concerned and his history were enough to shock you into wondering how on earth, so many amazing and heartwarming people could live in a small space, where corrupt power-hungry thugs parade themselves with blatant impunity. I felt repulsed. I squinted at the Italian sunlight and tried to talk myself out of believing in the saving grace in Sri Lanka.

But then, something tells you hold on, this is how it’s going to be, that all the people are not easily fooled nor incited to violence. And there are people without political agendas who are interested enough to take a ride on a bus to Dambulla. Solidarity takes different forms.

What I liked about Navin and Sootch is that they handle the information well. There is no impetuous rush to get the news out and this photoessay with detailed captions include the threatened Hindu Shrine. The photography is quirky, the smiles are Srilankan and the stray dogs and cats are not spared, nor are we in the great bowel fears described in detail 😉 Great stuff!!

Freedom Religion and Dambulla : Of threatened shrines and threatened people by Navin Weeratne and Suchetha Wijeynayake

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  1. 400+ FB likes… good stuff!!!

  2. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece of writing.The pictures speak volumes…

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