Kohomba Yak Kankariya. Most of the Sinhala ritual dances have their legends called Uthpaththi Katha The Story behind the Kohomba Yak. Historypose of the Kandayn danceAccording to the legend, the origins of the dance lies in dance ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya, which is also known . Kohomba Kankariya was first enacted in Sri Lanka during and , at Jayawardenapura, Kotte. The ritual of God Kohomba, which ought to have been.

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The ritual consists of more than 30 discrete dance forms including drumming, chanting, group dancing, dialog and drama, sometimes kankariua with comedy. Now the King of Malaya, who is said to have been thus born, is sought out by god Rahu kxnkariya volunteers to bring the king of Malaya to Lanka to perform the ritual. The Sakra advised the angle that the illness could only be cured by a person born out of flower.

The Gurunnanses performance leaders depict many of the episodes that are enacted in the Kohomba Kankariya.

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It is said that the kavi poetry sung to kohombz for the eighteen principal vannam were composed by an old sage named Ganithalankara, with the help of a Buddhist priest from the Kandy temple.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Today, the costume of the Ves dancers, as they are called, consists of exactly half of these finery, 32 in number, and is in silver as they are not royalty.

Wijaya became the Ruler of Sri Lanka with the help of Kuweni, kohomb heir to the throne, who helped Wijaya to kill her relation at a feast organised for the purpose.

God Sakra asked Rahu to perform the duty, taking into consideration his prior deeds. All these deities make their appearances in the rituals of Kohomba Kankariya.


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Ves is the headdress of a fully fledged Kandyan Dance. The Sakra King of the Gods advises that the illness could be healed by a prince born out of a water-lily.

These lyrics sing about the virtues of the animal that the Vanna is depicting. It is recorded in Folk Lore that the name Yaddesagala derives from this incidence. The main thrust of this ceremony is that it would not be held in isolation, but with the participation of people, so that they could enjoy the ‘play’ and also receive the benefit of its blessings. But there are other schools of thought; after the arrival of the King of the flower, he brought down four brothers and they assumed various comic guises, at which King Panduvasudeva laughed his wits out and he was said to have been cured.

Retrieved from ” https: After the performance of the Kohomba Kankariya the illness vanished, and many natives adopted the dance.

The dance is said to have originated kankarita the days of Prince Siddhartha, who became Buddha. Then “God Sakra” appeared before the King and told him that it was a mere trick performed to get him down to Lanka to cure the Divi Dosha of King Panduwasdeva. His successor King Panduwasdeva however is afflicted by the curse and dreams of Kuveni in the form of a Leopard, whereupon he becomes seriously ill.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Paddy harvested from the village is collected and offered as alms to a person called Cella Guru.

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One day an angel who was the guardian of the parasol of the King informed the illness to Sakrathe King of Gods. To assist the dancer to keep rhythm a small pair of cymbals known as the Thalampota is also used. He also informed that a prince born out of flower is living in Uruwel a province, in India.


The dance was propitiatory, never secular, and performed only by males.

Kohomba kankariya

In the days johomba by, ‘Ves’ was only donned on very senior dancers. The dancer wears a white cloth and white turban, beadwork decorations on his chest, a waistband, rows of beads around his neck, silver chains, brass shoulder plates, anklets, and jingles.

All this work precedes the final performance itself.

The word vannam comes from the Sinhala word varnana ‘descriptive praise’. The reason has not been adduced so far. The King would be drawn to go in search of the Boar. It is an all-night event that commences in the evening and continues into the kohomb hours of the following morning.

Having received the information of the destruction caused by a strange wild boar, King wanted to capture it. The gods were believed to use this instrument to celebrate victories in war, and Sinhala kings employed pantheru dancers to celebrate victories in the battlefield. To these were added samanala butterflymahabo the sacred bo tree, Ficus religiosaat Anuradhapura, said to be a sapling of the original Bodhi Tree under which Buddha attained enlightenmentand hansa vannama swan.

This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. The flower would then be broken along with the bow which was used to shoot the arrow. The complete costume also includes anklets that produce a metallic rattle each. They were aligned to the Temple of the Tooth and had a significant role to play in the Dalada Perahera procession held each year by the temple.