"Sri Lankans and Death" Sri Lanka Warnings Or Dangers Tip by John1954

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This is not a danger as such, except perhaps to your sensitivities. Sri Lankans are in predominantly buddhists, and as such are going to be re-incarnated, and this seems to lead to a very 'in your face' attitude towards dying. To some of us in the sceptical west, who are not so sure of the future, this attitude can come as a bit of a shock.

While we were there, the local MP died. On the day of his funeral, his mortal remains were taken into the middle of the local recreation ground and publically burned ! The following day all the on-site rubbish was removed, and by the weekend, the site of the cremation was once more being used as the local boys cricket square !!

All over Sri Lanka, you will see random graves at the side of the road. I was asked if I would like to buy a house...the man's father was buried in the back garden !

Look down a row of shops. You will see fish shop, butchers shop, shirt shop........coffin makers shop (with all goods on open display and discount for regular customers).

Also when people die in SL, they get black and white posters with photos of the dear departed and plaster them all over the town.

As I said, not a danger, but certainly a warning to your sense of the macabre.

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  • Updated May 23, 2003
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