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By Bruce Kapferer

The Sinhalese exorcism rituals are probably the main advanced and the main outstanding in functionality nonetheless extant. For this moment variation, the writer has written a brand new preface and advent within which he argues that the suggestions of therapeutic in Sri Lanka and the aesthetics of this therapeutic can't be diminished to Western psychoanalytic or psychotherapeutic phrases, and develops new and unique techniques to ritual and the classy generally.

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Indeed, there is still a small factory, which trains young girls in the craft, in the neighborhood. Operators of large fishing craft (maha oru) assisted with off-loading, loading, and revictualing of the trading vessels. My evidence suggests that it was these large boat operators, who also controlled considerable bodies of men from their own community, who began to broaden the community's economic horizons. Through their contacts with ships' captains and shipping authorities, they secured passage for themselves and their kin to open up trading establishments in other colonial ports overseas.

It was the traders who promoted and sponsored the establishment of two temples within the community specifically for the karava. The first, Gangarama, was largely built with money provided by the first men in the community to embark on overseas trade. The successful early trading ventures were mainly in East Africa, and it was the families who had connections in this area of business who supported this temple. At the time of my fieldwork, the head dayaka (temple donor or association member) of the temple was a descendant of an East African trader and was to become Sri Lanka's ambassador to Nairobi.

The first, Gangarama, was largely built with money provided by the first men in the community to embark on overseas trade. The successful early trading ventures were mainly in East Africa, and it was the families who had connections in this area of business who supported this temple. At the time of my fieldwork, the head dayaka (temple donor or association member) of the temple was a descendant of an East African trader and was to become Sri Lanka's ambassador to Nairobi. A later wave of trading activity was directed into Southeast Asia and the Far East, and it was these karava entrepreneurs who built Suddhammarama temple in a different area within the karava dominated neighborhood.

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