Sri Lanka Tour Guide

Indigenous people in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Vedda people (indigenous people of Sri Lanka) are still living in Dambana situated about 300 km away from Colombo. Vedda of Dambana has own tradition and culture. Many tourists like to discover indigenous people of Sri Lanka. The Veddas are a native community believed to be decedents of Prince Vijaya (5th‐ 6th century BCE), the first recorded King of Sri Lanka.

Indigenous people in Sri Lanka

Veddas being hunter gatherers are a unique community having traditional customs, a Vedda language, colorful ceremonial performances and rituals, special attire and weapons, feasts with dancing, songs, and special beliefs and practices.Their songs include lullabies, songs for animal charms to chase Wild Elephants, Buffalo, Cobra and others..

Indigenous people in Sri Lanka

The Bintenne Veddas engage in many Different ceremonial dances in which a specialized practitioner becomes possessed by a god or demon. These dances are always a part of an exorcism or an attempt to procure favors or information from the spirit being.

Indigenous people in Sri Lanka

They lived in caves and rock shelters, wore bark-cloth clothing, hunted game with bows and arrows, and gathered wild plants and honey. Their religion was essentially a cult of the dead; ancestral spirits were believed to enter the bodies of shamans, through whom they communicated with their descendants.

Indigenous people in Sri Lanka