Archive for May 2010
Sri Lanka’s ancient capital city at Anuradhapura is one of the country’s most important archeological and cultural sites. For 900 or so years it was the capital city of a prosperous and strong kingdom whose wealth was built on the foundations of ingenious water management and irrigation. Its embrace of Buddhism is celebrated and witnessed in the many dagobas, moonstones, carvings and other archeological artifacts that lie scattered over a large area. At its center is the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree that was brought as a sapling from Bodhgaya during the reign of King Asoka in the third century BCE. The tree is of enormous symbolic importance to Buddhists on the island and is the site of many modern pilgrimages. These images were taken with a combination of film and digital cameras in October 2009.