By Swarna Wickremeratne
Combining memoir, background, and present-day narrative, this e-book describes how Buddhism is lived in Sri Lanka.
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Whenever we complained of a body ache, hot fermentation was followed by an application of medicinal oil. For a head cold, my father consulted the doctor and brought a mixture of chemicals along with some tablets to swallow. My mother gave us a drink of a good coriander brew, to which fresh ginger and garlic were added for extra strength and efficacy. It served as a comforting drink, hot and soothing, and seemed to work. I later gave it to my children. For a head cold the sure-fire remedy was steam inhalation.
A robber noting this visited the cemetery in the night and dug up the grave. At the same time, the buried woman woke up from her coma. The robber, at the sight of the rising dead body, ran away fearing a ghost. The girl made her way home and knocked at the door in the middle of the night. Her pleased relatives reckoned that the poison extracting qualities of the rukattana used for the coffin may have saved her. VIAGRA, THE VILLAGE VERSION What ails the body may take many forms. Sri Lankans refrain from talking about sex and related matters openly.
We memorized the poems and gathas and recited them to him like parrots. At this time English was the medium of instruction, and we learned little Sinhala in schools. But for the tutor I would not have had a good knowledge of Sinhala and Buddhist literary sources. Although I resented Mr. Gunesekara’s instructions, and blamed my father for the ordeal, now I am GROWING UP IN SRI LANKAN CULTURE 13 grateful. The instruction enriched my education and became a useful tool when I was interacting with a plurality of cultures.
Buddha in Sri Lanka: Remembered Yesterdays by Swarna Wickremeratne