• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF BUDDHISTS FROM ALL OVER CEYLON POURED INTO KANDY, THE FORMER HILL CAPITAL OF CEYLON LAST FRIDAY (AUG.13), TO PARTICIPATE IN A PROCESSION IN WHICH THE TOOTH OF LORD BUDDHA WAS CARRIED.

  • Description

    THOUSANDS OF BUDDHISTS FROM ALL OVER CEYLON POURED INTO KANDY, THE FORMER HILL CAPITAL OF CEYLON LAST FRIDAY (AUG.13), TO PARTICIPATE IN A PROCESSION IN WHICH THE TOOTH OF LORD BUDDHA WAS CARRIED.KANDY IS ABOUT 100 MILES NORTHEAST OF COLOMBO, THE CEYLONESE CAPITAL.

    THE PROCESSION STARTED FROM THE TEMPLE OF TOOTH WHICH HOUSES A VALUABLE GILDED CASKET CONTAINING THE SACRED TOOTH.THE TWO-MILE LONG PROCESSION WOUND ROUND THE CITY SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE THE CASKET WAS PLACED BACK IN THE TEMPLE.

    THE GRAND AND COLOURFUL PROCESSION WAS PRECEDED BY MANY ELEPHANTS, DRAPED IN EXPENSIVE AND COLOURFUL COSTUMES, THE TEMPLE CARETAKER, KANDYAN CHIEFS, DANCERS AND DRUMMERS -- ALL CLAD IN THEIR NATIONAL COSTUMES.

    THE CASKET CONTAINING THE SACRED TOOTH WAS PLACED ON THE BACK OF THE CHIEF ELEPHANT, NAMED RAJA OR 'KING'.THIS ANNUAL PAGEANT DATES BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE ANCIENT SINHALESE KINGS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1NJ2BUDJI1SN0Z2WYQM6TX25C
    Media URN:
    VLVA1NJ2BUDJI1SN0Z2WYQM6TX25C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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