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    SEVERAL CENTURIES AFTER HIS DEATH, A TOOTH OF THE PROPHET BUDDHA WAS BROUGHT FROM INDIA TO THE ANCIENT CEYLONESE HILL CAPITAL OF KANDY.

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    CHIEF ELEPHANT CARRYING BUDDHA'S TOOTH; DANCERS; PROCESSION.




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    Background: SEVERAL CENTURIES AFTER HIS DEATH, A TOOTH OF THE PROPHET BUDDHA WAS BROUGHT FROM INDIA TO THE ANCIENT CEYLONESE HILL CAPITAL OF KANDY. EVER SINCE, BUDDHISTS HAVE CELEBRATED THE OCCASION WITH AN ANNUAL PROCESSION IN KANDY.

    LAST FRIDAY'S PROCESSION STARTED AT THE TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH. A "CHIEF ELEPHANT", ITS TUSKS SHEATHED IN GOLD, CARRIED A NUMBER OF JEWELLED CASES, OF WHICH THE INNERMOST CONTAINED THE BUDDHA'S TOOTH. FOUR OTHER ELEPHANTS FOLLOWED, ALL MAGNIFICENTLY-ORNAMENTED AND COVERED WITH GOLD CLOTH.

    THE CHIEF PRIEST OF THE TEMPLE SAT ON ONE OF THE ELEPHANTS, HOLDING THE "OLA LEAF" DOCUMENT, WHICH PERMITS THE HOLDING OF THE PROCESSION. DURING THE EARLY YEARS OF BRITISH RULE OVER CEYLON, THE CELEBRATION WAS BANNED, BUT IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY THE BAN WAS LIFTED.

    THE MILE (1.6 KILOMETRE)-LONG PROCESSION LASTED FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9M3EH0M1RG8MN3L1RGXWRLBB7
    Media URN:
    VLVA9M3EH0M1RG8MN3L1RGXWRLBB7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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