By Bruce Kapferer
The Sinhalese exorcism rituals are might be the main complicated and the main wonderful in functionality nonetheless extant. For this moment variation, the writer has written a brand new preface and creation within which he argues that the suggestions of therapeutic in Sri Lanka and the aesthetics of this therapeutic can't be diminished to Western psychoanalytic or psychotherapeutic phrases, and develops new and unique methods to ritual and the classy generally.
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1° Karava families in Galle and throughout the island have contributed markedly to the formation of a national elite and are a significant component of the urban middle class. Most towns have karava businessmen and shopkeepers. Expanding out of the coastal villages and towns, they assumed great importance as arrack rentiers, and owners of copra, rubber, and tea e s t a t e s . They are also heavily represented in the professions and among intellectuals. Historically this has much to do with their traditional caste occupation of fishing and their fortuitous proximity to colonial centres of commerce and trade (see Roberts 1969, 1982).
There was great demand for the celebrated "Galle lace," which karava women had learned to make as servants in Dutch households. Indeed, there is still a small factory, which trains young girls in the craft, in the neighborhood. Operators of large fishing craft (maha oru) assisted with off-loading, loading, and revictualing of the trading vessels. My evidence suggests that it was these large boat operators, who also controlled considerable bodies of men from their own community, who began to broaden the community's economic horizons.
I l The period of great prosperity for the community is largely over. But there are still karava from the community who maintain large jewelry and curio shops overseas, and they will occasionally visit the community and find employment for their relatives in their businesses. Even now there remain a few bumboat operators (dubash) of the kind who initiated the karava economic expansion. 28 A Celebri n of Demons The karava who prospered overseas reinvested much of their profits in land and businesses at home.
A celebration of demons: Exorcism and the aesthetics of healing in Sri Lanka by Bruce Kapferer