April, 2021

THE SINHALA AND HINDU NEW YEAR

  April heralds the Sinhala and Hindu New Year in Sri Lanka, an annual event of great proportions, whose origins are obscured in the course of history. Words Jennifer Paldano Goonewardane. Illustrations by Sujith Heenitigala. April in Sri Lanka is...
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Bhāvanā cultivating the mind

Bhāvanā in Pali means the development of the mind or spiritual cultivation through meditation. Bhāvanā is an essential concept of Buddhism. However, regardless of religious affiliations, any person can engage in Bhāvanā to obtain peace and calmness in their minds....
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PEANUT FARMING IN THE EAST COAST

Acres of land are planted with peanuts on the Eastern Coast. The crunchy peanuts provide a favorite snack for all Sri Lankans. Time-tested methods are used to nurture the plants so that a bountiful harvest is produced. Laid out to...
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BEEPLE’S OPUS

Created over 5,000 days by the groundbreaking artist, this monumental collage was the first purely digital artwork (NFT) ever offered at Christie’s. Text and photographs: christies.com On May 1, 2007, Mike Winkelmann, aka the digital artist Beeple, posted a new...
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SRI LANKAN CASTES DURING THE COLONIAL ERA

Senior Researcher, and Anthropologist, Sunimal Fernando, explains that Sri Lanka had two distinctly different kinds of economic arrangements in the predominantly Sinhala areas, which resulted in two caste orders fundamentally different from one another along the coast and in the...
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