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MAR 23, 2014 - Huffington Post

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'Invoking The Goddess' Exhibit Celebrates Pattini-Kannaki, Sri Lanka's Shared Hindu-Buddhist Deity

Hindus and Buddhists in Sri Lanka may have been divided through political strife over the years, but they have one important thing in common. Her name is Kannaki to Sinhala Buddhists and Pattini to Tamil Hindus, but she is one and the same goddess shared in religious practices by the two faiths. Poosari (priest) dressed up as (and possessed by) the goddess, Kannaki Amman Kovil, Thandanveli, Batticaloa Anthropologist Malathi de Alwis and photographer Sharni Jayawardena spent more than two years traveling throughout Sri Lanka and documenting Hindu and Buddhist traditions surrounding ... Read More

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