Bahirava puja: expelling demons

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The documentary follows Shanta, a ritual specialist (kapua) and his two assistants as they work through the night making elaborate decorations, preparing the offerings, chanting and finally expelling demons and other invisible beings. The first offerings go to god Shiva and the earth goddess Mahikanta who owns the ground. Mahikanta commands the ten Bahiravas, a class of minor deities, who in turn command the demons and other invisible beings and protect the land. This ritual is performed before the foundation stone for a new building is laid.
The language is Sinhala with English subtitles.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputVideo
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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