Sri Lanka is known as a country that holds traditions and customs in high regard. While their historical culture is full of rather strange beliefs and stories, many of them are no longer prevalent in modern society.
Keeping the doors open after funerals
It’s believed that when a person dies in a home, their spirit wanders the house for some time. Therefore the home’s doors are kept open until the seventh day after the funeral, creating a free exit for the passed spirit to leave the house.
Pregnancy cravings are not to be ignored
It’s considered ill luck to leave a pregnant woman’s cravings unsatisfied. It is a highly valued practice in the country, followed to date by young and old alike. This tradition is a sign of the country’s hospitality and generosity.
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Thovil – Sri Lankans’ version of exorcism
People of the rural areas of Sri Lanka believe that certain diseases are caused by evil spirits that inhabit one’s body. To remedy this, a thovil is conducted, which involves ‘devil dancers’, bonfires, and traditional songs.
There’s an auspicious time for everything
It’s believed that when something important is done at ‘auspicious times’ defined by astrology, it’ll yield good results. It’s rather popular among the older generations of the country.