Of kavun, murukku, cock fighting and elephantine sex – by M.V. Muhsin

Its Aluth Avurudu festivity time. There will surely be a rich spread of kavun, kokis and kiribath. The reverberating rhythm of the rabanas will fill the air. 

In villages two teams would gather, seated on a mat and pitted against each other in the game of Panchi. It went something like this: seven sea shells (Panchis) with lead filled at the bottom to maintain weight and balance are rolled like dice from a cleaned coconut shell. The number of shells that fall with the lead up is what counts. Each side would have four markers (“Iththas”). These markers would advance on a ladder-like Chart (Panchi Petha) depending on the number of qualifying shells. The Iththas would travel in opposite directions to enable one team to capture the Iththas of the opposing team and get first to the winning post at the top of the chart. And the rules demanded that the team that loses is obliged to host the other team to a treat! - See more at: http://www.ft.lk/article/609179/Of-kavun--murukku--cock-fighting-and-elephantine-sex#sthash.4AQFeOMN.dpuf

 

 

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