Kataragama: a God for all Seasons

GTC Medical Anthropology Film & Discussion Group

Michaelmas Term 2017

'Shamans and Diviners: Mediators of the Political, Religious and Medical'

Tuesdays 3.30-5pm, (Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8), GTC Barclay Room

Convened by Paola Esposito


Kataragama: a God for all Seasons (1973, 50 mins. Directed by C. Nairn. Anthropologist G. Obeyesekere). Sinhalese of all religions (Muslims, Christians and Buddhists) are turning to Kataragama, an ancient Hindu God, at times of trouble and desperation. Once a year pilgrims make the journey to Kataragama's shrine in southeast Sri Lanka, Ceylon, to fulfil vows by performing acts of penance and worship in payment for a favour.