• Short Summary

    Not many festivals can claim a history as long as one held in the beautiful Ceylonese mountain town of Kandy.

  • Description

    1.
    TGV Kandy with lake in f/g
    3 ft

    2.
    GV Temple of the Tooth
    6 ft

    3.
    Elephants washed and scrubbed in river (3 shots)
    15 ft

    4.
    Elephant being dressed in cape
    19 ft

    5.
    Cutaway showing relief of elephant on temple wall
    21 ft

    6.
    Raja comes out of temple
    25 ft

    7.
    Cutaway crowd
    27 ft

    8.
    Procession to camera including Buddhist flags
    31 ft

    9.
    Musician and dancers in procession
    36 ft

    10.
    Raja in gilded cape PAN up to casket on top
    40 ft

    11.
    Side view ditto
    43 ft

    12.
    Night scenes: Flames from torchbearers
    46 ft

    13.
    Leader of procession past camera
    48 ft

    14.
    Raja carrying tooth relic in casket to camera, CU feet and past (3 shots)
    60 ft

    15.
    Drummers
    66 ft

    16.
    Another elephant in procession
    69 ft

    17.
    Dancers
    72 ft

    18.
    Dancers in fancy dress
    75 ft

    19.
    Procession to camera
    78 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Not many festivals can claim a history as long as one held in the beautiful Ceylonese mountain town of Kandy. For more than 1,600 years now, Kandy has erupted in a riot of colour and sound once a year for the festival of the relic of Buddha's tooth.

    The 1971 festival was held this week. Elephants were given a last-minute scrub before being dressed up in gilded capes to take part in a stately procession through the town.

    From Kandy's famous temple, a relic of Buddha's tooth is carried in a gold casket through the town to receive the blessings and offerings of all the people at this propitious time for Buddhists.

    Raja, the name given to the majestic tusker which carries the relic, is considered blessed to be selected for the job. Raja is said to be very conscious of his regal function and acts with a decorum befitting his name.

    The festival goes on for three days and nights. Although it has become as big an attraction for tourists as for Buddhists, it has not been spoiled by any commercial overtones.

    Throbbing drummers and whirling dancers accompany the procession which at night takes place in the flickering light of torchbearers - making the occasion one of the world's greatest religious festivals.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1FU2W2UUH2FMWFHQBIMELQ7W
    Media URN:
    VLVA1FU2W2UUH2FMWFHQBIMELQ7W
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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