Sri Lanka is a Buddhist
country. Therefore the Buddhist temple was given vital importance
and was the main centre of Education, culture and ethics. Buddhist
monks are source of advice and inspiration of the villagers and
mentor for the betterment of their lives. Almost every major event
of the civilian society had given prominence to Buddhism; let it be
a marriage, house warming, starting a new venture, Harvesting and
even at a funeral Buddhist rituals were given the priority.
Sri Lankan culture and civilization had greatly influenced by
the Buddhist teachings. Customs and rituals have been a part of the
Sri Lankan society from ancient times. Those had been preserved and
practiced through the ages. Parents, Family and Family relations and
Morals were given prominence.
Village was the birth place of this valuable culture. Just as the
teaching of the Lord Buddha, villagers were simple people leading an
uncomplicated life. Just as every village had a temple as all the
villagers being Buddhists, every village also had tank or a
reservoir as most of the villagers were paddy cultivators.
Unlike in urban areas, in a rural environment like village, every
element was clearly defined and the life was so simple. In the
context of our ancient heritage, there is a broader definition for
Wewai, Dagabai, Gamai, Pansalai (Source of water, built-heritage
defining our ways of the past, people as a community and the
spiritual centre). Life of the people was based on the tank or the
reservoirs, the dagaba, the temple and the village. Human relations,
interactions with the nature were given rise. Village is a social
web and everybody is a part of it.
Villagers grow their vegetables and fruits in their own home garden
and their paddy fields would give them rice. If they harvest more
than the amount they need, it’s been shared among the neighbors.
Village life in the countryside is fascinating and the peace of mind
it offers can not be found anywhere.
One can pass some relaxing days in the village, taking time off from
the busy schedule and reenergize yourselves.
The hospitality and friendliness of the villagers are amazing. They
would never let you leave their place without having at least a cup
of tea. Guest is given top priority and whatever they could offer
the guest, they will give with wholeheartedly. Village food has its
own taste and you would love to try more.
Villagers are the ones who truly enjoy their life. With lesser needs
they live simply in harmony with the environment.