• Short Summary

    CEYLON'S MOST WELL ATTENDED AND MOST IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL OF THE CENTURY WAS THAT OF THE LATE VENERABLE WELIWITIYE SRI SORATA NAYAKA THERO, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE VIDYODAYA UNIVERSITY OF CEYLON, WHOSE BODY WAS CREMATED NEAR A STATUE AT THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS ON JULY 24.

  • Description

    CEYLON'S MOST WELL ATTENDED AND MOST IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL OF THE CENTURY WAS THAT OF THE LATE VENERABLE WELIWITIYE SRI SORATA NAYAKA THERO, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE VIDYODAYA UNIVERSITY OF CEYLON, WHOSE BODY WAS CREMATED NEAR A STATUE AT THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS ON JULY 24.

    THE PROCESSION WHICH WAS PRECEDED BY HUNDREDS OF BUDDHIST MONKS, WOUND ITS WAY AMIDST THE SOLEMN SILENCE OF THOUSANDS OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, FLANKED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROUTE.

    ON EITHER SIDE OF THE HEARSE WERE EIGHT BUDDHIST MONKS - CLAD IN SAFFRON ROBES AND RED BELTS WHICH RAN OVER THEIR RIGHT SHOULDERS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RELIGIOUS RITE COMING DOWN FROM LORD BUDDHA AND PERFORMED AT THE PASSING AWAY OF GREAT PERSONAGES.

    WHEN THE SKY WAS SETTING IN THE WESTERN SKY, THE CASKET CONTAINING THE BODY OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR WAS TAKEN THREE TIMES ROUND THE PYRE BEFORE BEING PLACED ON IT.AMIDST LOUD CRIES, THE PYRE WAS THEN SET ON FIRE BY TWO NEPHEWS OF THE LATE VICE-CHANCELLOR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABMSN4NO8SJT7W2BXQROJZWTW9
    Media URN:
    VLVABMSN4NO8SJT7W2BXQROJZWTW9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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