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Sri Lankans believe that day-to-day life is filled with danger from the yakku (demons) and other bad forces (vas) that cause illness, misfortune or death. Demons are thought to live everywhere and it is believed that they can possess humans. To exorcise them, a devil dance is performed, with dancers wearing grotesque masks with bulging eyes, sharp teeth and lots of other scary features. Ambalangoda is a town traditional the best place to acquire some fantastic specimens from master carvers.
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