By Bruce Kapferer
The Sinhalese exorcism rituals are might be the main complicated and the main amazing in functionality nonetheless extant. For this moment version, the writer has written a brand new preface and creation during which he argues that the thoughts of therapeutic in Sri Lanka and the aesthetics of this therapeutic can't be decreased to Western psychoanalytic or psychotherapeutic phrases, and develops new and unique techniques to ritual and the cultured quite often.
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This connection and the way out of an endless cycle of rebirth and misery were expressed by the Buddha in the Four Noble Truths. These are: (1) unhappiness, (2) t h e arising of unhappiness, (3) the destruction of unhappiness, and (4) t h e path leading to the destruction of unhappiness (see Gombrich 1971b:69). The Sinhalese t e r m for unhappiness, duka can be translated in a variety of other ways as "suffering," "unsatisfactoriness," "pain," "sorrow," and "misery" (see Gombrich 1971b:69; Rahula 1974:17), all of which impart some of its essential meaning.
However, the harbor was difficult to navigate, and with the changeover in world shipping from wooden-hulled to iron-hulled ships, it became hazardous. This change together with the greater accessibility of Colombo, particularly to the great tea estates in the highlands, led the major shipping line, the P & O, to abandon Galle in 1882 as a port of call and to transfer to Colombo. During the period when Galle was a major port of call, some karpva were launched on the road to economic prosperity. ,cd and controlled small fishing craft, they began to engage in petty trade with visiting ships.
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