People of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) celebrate Kataragama Hindu festival.
Item title reads - Religious festival.
Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
Various shots crowds gathering for the Kataragama Hindu festival. C/U woman walking in crowd. C/U pan old man with white hair and white beard. M/S man with stakes through his cheeks and pins stuck in his arm, dancing and brandishing a spear. C/U man with short spear through his cheeks and hooks in his chest and stomach dancing. Various shots devotees bathing in the 'Menik Ganga' (River of Gems). M/S of a man with painted and pierced body carrying a trident. C/U of the man's back and arms with pins stuck in them, pan down to show four hooks in his back.
M/S men and women dancing in circles by the river. Various shots women dancing. Various shots crowds of devotees. M/S people dancing. C/U man rolling over on the ground holding a coconut. M/S's of the temple of tooth relics of Buddha. M/S dancers preceding the elephants carrying the tooth relics. L/S of the elephants. Various shots of the elephant carrying the tooth relics on its back. Various shots of the three elephants