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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Megalithic Stone Work

To my surprise it was possible in Sri Lanka to detect the tracks of the similar prehistoric architectural style as I enjoyed in the megalithic ruins of Peru - walls laid of big polygonal stones. Anyway it should not be a surprise as this kind of ancient masonry is spread world-wide. Thus why not in ancient Lanka - the pearl of Asia, the real garden of Eden.

Memories of the Sacred Valley in Peru


A double wall in Ollantaytambo - megaliths in one side and stone plates covering the opposite one

Machu Picchu


My favorite place Sacsayhuaman

Note how the hole of the missing stone of the right side is fixed with small rocks. The same in the left side wall as well or was there even a stone plate shielding the the small rocks.

By Cusco


The First Encounter - The First Capital - Anuradhapura

Usually just clay bricks or rectangular stones have been used for all of the buildings, from a temple to a pool.

King's baths. Nothing special with the pool.

But the fence surrounding the pools...

The famous temple. Just a big amazing dagoba.

The pavement in the temple is imitating the masonry of polygonal walls


The temple has been there from the time immemorial. The buildings themselves are new. Nevertheless at the temple there were those strange huge rocks lying around. Those rocks have been recently brought from India from a temple to extend Thiruketheeswaram. So the questions arose: 
are the rocks from the temple itself or at the temple?
are the stones freshly cut or ancient?

All of them of strange "unfinished" shape, not nice normal building blocks. A witness of the ancient way to use semi-natural blocks or modern raw blocks to be broken into suitable peaces at the site.

Some blocks had familiar polygonal features. That was not a surprise at all if to consider the stones ancient/old coming from a demolished temple not modern.

 Surprising was that every stone has at least one edge carved. Usually many edges, up to all of the edges, were carved. I had not see that before. Were those the marks of little explosives to break the stone off from the bigger rock or the signs of ancient masonry.

 Strange marks

Probably the stones really are from an actual temple as that kind of stones definitely won't come from a quarry


 The ruined Lion Gate on the top of the rock displayed the signs of possible polygonal masonry. The rocks themselves were lost but the sockets of the rocks resembled to the ones seen in Peru.

Sigiriya Lion Gate above and the probable counterpart in Ollantaytambo Peru below

A pool on top of a smaller rock on the way down and Mirjam - a firm rock and a passing tourist :-D
All passes. Even time passes. Sic transit gloria mundi!

Just can not help but add this comparison as well:

Where and when?
Where and when?


In this place one could not detect buildings of a big rocks but clay brick walls are covered with stone plates to present the impression of ancient masonry

 It is possible to see here in the wall how between the two layers of stone plates there is some mass of cement and stones

In the ruins there are also lying some stones of that kind - reminding the ones in Thiruketheeswaram.

A strange stone in its original position. So those holes must have served as some sort of socket to fix different building details to each other.


The Great Mystery

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Culture

My Vedda Friends

Vedda people - Sri Lankan indigenous people. The hunters - neither Sinhalese nor Tamil they were the first in the island.

Malkanthi is cutting the tiny bird to roast it straight in the flames of a little bonfire

He got the bird with this stone bow

Medieval Capital Polunaruwa (UNESCO Site)

Lion - the symbol of Sinhalese people

Moonstone - a detail borrowed from Hindu tradition

The glory of buddhism
A moonstone and two figures at the staircase - Hindu influence

Hindu religion - Siva temple and Siva lingam

Mesoamerican influence. A Mayan temple iin Tikal.

A Buddhist dagoba

The same dagoba. Different angle, different look. Same-same but different :-D 

Buddha statues carved into the rock

Sigiriya Rock (UNESCO Site) from another rock (not-UNESCO Site)

On the way up - sleeping Buddha

All the way up
Sigirya Rock is in the middle of the picture
here using this link it is possible to see two pictures from Sigirya

My typical travel days on the top of the top picture :-)

In France

In Australia

That kind of bush grows on the top of the rock

The rock gave me really good friends :-)
Magical moments

Jaa... A magical rock. Many things can happen. Even the round shape big stone situating on the top of the rock  can jump from one location to another as you can witness if you scroll up and check once again...

Tamil Hospitality

Huyen and Grace's family


Tamil Tiger's kamikaze boat - like the crazy Japanese during WWII

Tamil Tigers' submarine in the army's war museum

Three More Random Pictures

Dagoba - typical for Buddhist Sri Lanka

Little England. The weather, architecture, red telephone booth, strawberries... what else really like England...  

...not this.
Same, same but different :-D
Best regards to Kertu ;-)