Sri Lanka  (Asia)

Sri Lanka. July and August, each year in Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka, the "Esala Perahera" (procession), also known as The Festival of the Tooth, takes place in the streets around the "Pattirippuwa". The latter is an octagonal pavilion and one of three main structures of the "Sri Dalada Maligawa" (Temple of the Tooth) where Lord Buddha's Tooth relic is preserved. This is Sri Lanka's biggest cultural pageant and is thought to go back to the 3rd century BC as a ritual enacted to request the gods for rainfall. Modern version, existing of several rituals and breathtaking processions with dozens of elephants, fire dancers, drummers and other musicians, lasts 11 days and ends on the night of the full moon in August. It was the inspiration for this chess set.

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  • Sri Lanka
  • 1997
  • Ginikuru wood K 8.1; p 6.2
  • Box/board of rubberwood 39.7×19.9×4.9 (closed)