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Sri Lanka
(Formerly Ceylon)
Aayu-bowan!
“May you have a long life!”
Official Language: Sinhala
Geography
• Island
• Indian Ocean
• Max length 268 mi
• Max width of 139 mi
• 25,332 square mi
• Coastline -1,056 mi
• Off...
Population Sri Lanka:
725 people per sq mi.
US:
76 people per sq mi.
Question: Why did Leslie go to Sri Lanka?
Answer:
E-L-E-P-H-A-N-T-S!!
Pooja Lakshmi Somilya Alawarthea
Menike
Things I Did
• Taught English
• English Library
• Assisted elephant veterinarian
• Elephant museum
• Meditation
• A little...
The Village of Randenyia, Hiriwadunna,
Kegalle, Sri Lanka
September 10, 2009 Leslie Pirtle 9
The “Elephant Bath”
Randenyia Perehera
Kandy Temple
Kandy Esala Perehera
University of Peradeniya, Kandy
Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala
Religions in Sri Lanka
Marriage
Tuk -Tuk
Transportation
Schools & Children
4:45 a.m. Wake Up5:00 a.m.:
1 Hour Group Meditation
6:00 a.m.:
Tea in Silence
6:15:
1 Hour Yoga
7:15:
Breakfast
8:00 a.m.:...
Hill Country
Nuwara Eliya
Coastal Life
Rambutan
Hoppers
Foods and Products
Asian Elephant
Plum Headed Parakeet
Star Tortoise
Crocodiles
Sri Lanka Frog Mouth
Monkeys
Painted Stork
Wild PeacockSloth ...
Civil War
Sri Lankan Army Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/sri_lanka_and_i...
Civil War
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/29/srilanka.death.toll/index.html
http://maic.jmu.edu/Journal/7.2/notes...
Tsunami
Conclusion
Sri Lankans are:
• Happy
• Poor
• Serene
• Survivors
Sri Lanka is:
• War torn
• Storm damaged
• Uniquely divers...
Ways to Help
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Randeniya, Hiriwadunna,
Kegalle, Sri Lanka.
http://www.millenniumelephantfound...
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  • Other gestures
    Bowing-respect for elders
    Head bob
  • Millennium Elephant Foundation
    Mobile Vet Unit
    Education
    Maximus
    Museum
    English School
    On your visit
    · You can experience an elephant shower· Feed & wash the elephants· Take a ride around the elephant bath· Or spend as long as you like just watching themAll this at the cost of Rs.300 /= (including a guided tour) (US $2.61)
  • Very traditional society
    Gestures head bob
    Bowing forehead to floor for temple, monks and parents
    How women dress
    Old fashioned and misused words: frock, saloon, etc
    Caste system
    Servants- servants quarters, sleep on floor
  • About Us
    The Millennium Elephant Foundation is situated on a 15 acre estate known as Samaragiri, which has been home to the Samarasinghe family for many generations. The family has owned elephants since the 1960's and in 1979 Mr. Samarasinghe (1939 - 1991) opened the estate to the public as the "Elephant Bath". Currently the MEF is home to 5 cow (female) elephants. The youngest, Pooja was the first captive elephant to be bred in Sri Lanka, born in 1984. It is estimated that the MEF grounds have a total holding capacity of 10-15 female elephants; of course consideration can be given to male elephants if necessary. In an effort to increase awareness and generate the funds needed for the maintenance and care of our elephants, the MEF actively welcomes visitors and encourages one to one interaction with them.
  • It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and richly-decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandian dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments
    The dancers wear an elaborate costume including a headdress. The dancer's chest is only covered by a decorative beaded net. This costume is known as the Ves costume. The headdress incorporates a metallic front which makes the dancer look taller than he is. The complete costume also includes anklets that produce a metallic rattle each
    The head gear in the ves costume can only be worn by the males & can only be worn after a special ceremony called ves mangalaya in which the male dancer first wears the ves vostume
  • Capitol until early 1800s when Brits took power.
    Still religious capital, pilgrimage destination for Theravada Buddhists
    Terrorist attacks
    Significance to Buddhists
    Kandy Lake
  • Describe a Perahera
  • MEF Mobile Vet Unit
    Dr. Dangolla
    Surgery
  • Pinnawela orphanage is situated northwest of the town Kegalla, halfways between the present capitol Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department. This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is a also breeding pace for elephants, twenty e
    2003 65 elephants,
    The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya river at Rambukkana
    08.00 The babies are fed on milk in the mornings and allowed to range freely on the 12 acres large grassland.10.00 Each morning and afternoon 14.00 the animals are walked 400 meters to the river Maha Oya for a two-hour bath.
    Large quantities of food are brought in daily. Jackfruit, coconut, kitul, tamarind and grass form the bulk of the food given to the elephants at Pinnawela. Each animal gets approximately 75 kg of green matter a day and in addition each gets 2kg of a food mixture containing maize, rice bran, powdered gingelly seed and minerals. They have access to water twice a day from the river Maha Oya that runs by the Orphanage.
  • Harashni, meditation
  • Describe hospital, sanitation, glasses, dinner napkins
  • Tuk tuks
    Yellow buses-stuffers
    Stopping to pray
    Pollution
    Music, decorations
  • 93.5 % literacy rate
    Most I met were bilingual or tri lingual
    Uniforms
    My teaching experiences
    Opening ceremony
    “Teacher”
    Meals with the students
    “Tuition”
    Emphasis
    Parents work overseas to send
    Orphans
    12 universities
    28 technical colleges
    10,191 schools: 235 run by Ministry of Education, The rest are by provincial councils, private schools, and monasteries (source: Lonely :Planet)
  • Long journey by tuk-tuk
    Road damaged by war (understatement) barley passable in some spots
    Cooler as ascended through tea terraced hills
    Stopped in a bakery for Nescafe in a Tamil town
    Breathtaking view all the way to Nuwara Eliya
    Arrived numb from the jarring in the tuk tuk
    Evening-had very hard baguette type bread, margarine and tea with milk
    Evening discussion: Young man from RSPCA was there. We talked to monk about condition of animals in SL. He said dogs in Thailand and Malaysia fat and healthy by comparison. He said the strays should be brought to monasteries. Asked monk about euthanasia. He said it will harm your karma. He had to make choice to kill intestinal parasites.
    Next day, breakfast: tea, lentils, rice and papaya.
    Cold and windy
  • Stilt fishermen only in world
    Galle fort built by Dutch. “Muslim Towne”
    Welligama
  • What’s NOT available: anything prepackaged. No fast food. Straw story Colombo
    Yucky lemon cookies or fruit
    Oil cake
    Yogurt but dodgy
    French pastries
    Nescafe
    Sri Lankan Coffee
    Restaurants: Club Concept, others in SL
    Rice, rice, rice
    Manioc
    No meat
    Lots of bottled water
  • In this undated handout photograph made available by rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, center, poses for a group photograph with Tamil rebels in Anuradhapura, about 210 kilometers (130 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, HO) #
  • Mine Action info center: Although an official figure is yet to be confirmed, a recent report suggests an estimated 900,000 mines have been laid in Jaffna and Killinochchi districts alone.
  • Transcript of "Sri Lanka Presentation"

    1. 1. Sri Lanka (Formerly Ceylon)
    2. 2. Aayu-bowan! “May you have a long life!” Official Language: Sinhala
    3. 3. Geography • Island • Indian Ocean • Max length 268 mi • Max width of 139 mi • 25,332 square mi • Coastline -1,056 mi • Off the S tip of India • 547 miles N of equator • Slightly larger than WV • About 18 mi to S. India • Capitol: Colombo
    4. 4. Population Sri Lanka: 725 people per sq mi. US: 76 people per sq mi.
    5. 5. Question: Why did Leslie go to Sri Lanka? Answer: E-L-E-P-H-A-N-T-S!! Pooja Lakshmi Somilya Alawarthea Menike
    6. 6. Things I Did • Taught English • English Library • Assisted elephant veterinarian • Elephant museum • Meditation • A little sightseeing
    7. 7. The Village of Randenyia, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka September 10, 2009 Leslie Pirtle 9
    8. 8. The “Elephant Bath”
    9. 9. Randenyia Perehera
    10. 10. Kandy Temple
    11. 11. Kandy Esala Perehera
    12. 12. University of Peradeniya, Kandy
    13. 13. Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala
    14. 14. Religions in Sri Lanka
    15. 15. Marriage
    16. 16. Tuk -Tuk Transportation
    17. 17. Schools & Children
    18. 18. 4:45 a.m. Wake Up5:00 a.m.: 1 Hour Group Meditation 6:00 a.m.: Tea in Silence 6:15: 1 Hour Yoga 7:15: Breakfast 8:00 a.m.: Working Meditation 9:30: a.m.: 90 Minute Group Meditation 11:00 a.m.: 1 Hour Personal Meditation Outdoors 12:30: Vegetarian Lunch (shh—no talking!) After Lunch: Hour Reading or Napping 2:30: 1 1/2 Hour Meditation Then,: 1 Hour Yoga About 6:00 p.m.: Sunset Comes Early After Sunset: Evening Chanting & Meditation End of Evening: Soya coffee and Snacks Conversations Loving Kindness Meditation Meditation at Nilambe http://nilambe.org/day.html
    19. 19. Hill Country Nuwara Eliya
    20. 20. Coastal Life
    21. 21. Rambutan Hoppers Foods and Products
    22. 22. Asian Elephant Plum Headed Parakeet Star Tortoise Crocodiles Sri Lanka Frog Mouth Monkeys Painted Stork Wild PeacockSloth Bear ParrotsMonitor Lizard Blue Magpie
    23. 23. Civil War Sri Lankan Army Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/sri_lanka_and_its_lon g_war.html
    24. 24. Civil War http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/29/srilanka.death.toll/index.html http://maic.jmu.edu/Journal/7.2/notes/pickering/pickering.htm
    25. 25. Tsunami
    26. 26. Conclusion Sri Lankans are: • Happy • Poor • Serene • Survivors Sri Lanka is: • War torn • Storm damaged • Uniquely diverse & colorful • Worth our efforts to save
    27. 27. Ways to Help Millennium Elephant Foundation Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka. http://www.millenniumelephantfoundation.org People in Need Foundation No: 655/4 Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka http://www.pinfoundation.org/ Dogstar Foundation PO BOX 6009 Milton Keynes MK1 9AL England http://www.dogstarfoundation.com Direct Relief International 27 S. La Patera Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117 Phone: (805) 964-4767 http://www.directrelief.org/EmergencyResponse/2 009/SriLankaConflict.aspx
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