Ankeliya: Beyond a Game Methodology and Tradition

Show simple item record Samarasinghe, K. Nethsinghe, R. Sandaruwan, N. Ariyarathna, L. 2023-10-25T10:16:32Z 2023-10-25T10:16:32Z 2023
dc.identifier.citation Samarasinghe, K., Nethsinghe, R., Sandaruwan, N., Ariyarathna, L (2023)Ankeliya: Beyond a Game Methodology and Tradition,Proceedings of the international conference on intangible cultural heritage, p.112 en_US
dc.description.abstract The main objective of this research was to study the cultural significance of Ankeliya (horn-pulling game) or Ang Aedeema, a ritual practice dedicated to worshipping the Goddess Pattini. Primary data were collected from the observation method and the study area was Kadadorapitiya and Madakumbura villages in Pundaluoya, Kotmale Divisional Secretariat, located in the Nuwara Eliya district of the Central Province in Sri Lanka. The study took place on March 2023. This ritual game is performed by the male population of the village. Ankeliya is a competition between two teams, one representing Goddess Pattini-Yatipila (Lower side) and the other Palanga-Udupila (Upper side), they meet at the Ang-pitiya (tugging field), which contains a strong tree known as the Ang-gaha/Ang-kada (horn tree)/henakanda. Narrative analysis was used as the data analysis method. This study identified that Ankeliya serves as a means of passing down ancient knowledge to subsequent generations, ensuring the continuity of cultural heritage. Ankeliya often involves the participation of people from several villages, bringing them together for a shared religious and cultural experience. The collective involvement in festivals and rituals fosters a sense of unity, cooperation, and social cohesion among community members. It provides a platform for various artistic and cultural expressions, including music, dance, and storytelling. Performances and recitations related to Pattini and Palanga story, add vibrancy and creativity to the rituals, contributing to the overall cultural richness of the region. Overall, the Ankeliya ritual plays a vital role in preserving cultural heritage, fostering community bonds, and celebrating the rich mythology and artistic traditions of Sri Lanka. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Ankeliya ritual en_US
dc.subject Goddess Pattini en_US
dc.subject Preserving cultural heritage en_US
dc.subject Ritual game en_US
dc.title Ankeliya: Beyond a Game Methodology and Tradition en_US
dc.type Research Paper en_US

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