A farmer brings his plough forward to be blessed during the annual wap magula; a unique farmers’ mass held in the paddy fields of Wahakotte before the annual maha sowing season. Matale District, Sri Lanka, October 2015. For more about this uncommon ceremony, and a history of the area, see my piece in Serendib Magazine.
*From Genesis 26:12
Looking south to the town of Disibodenberg and the Glan Valley, in the Pfalz Forest, Germany. Shot from the ruins of the monastery. Summer 2015.
A nun leads a prayer meeting in the southeast wing of St Anthony’s, Wahakotte. October 2015. For more pictures of this iconic church, and a history of the area, see my piece in Serendib Magazine.
Germany, summer 2015.
Meat-filled steamed buns from Che Che’s Chinese takeaway restaurant.
Offerings being gathered from the congregation during a farmers’ mass held in the paddy fields of Wahakotte, in the Central Highland foothills of the Matale District, Sri Lanka. October, 2015. This unique Sunday morning mass is held once a year before the “Maha” sowing season, to bless the crops. For more about this event and a history of the 16th century Roman Catholic community of Wahakotte, see my article in Serendib Magazine.
*”I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” — Jesus, in Luke 18:12
A Sri Lanka Light Infantry lieutenant is starkly marked out from his veteran platoon by his lack of war decorations. Many of the Army’s junior officers and other ranks are post-war entrants. Funeral of Major General Gratiaen Silva in Colombo on Remembrance Sunday, 2015.
A mother and son pray on a Saturday at St Anthony’s Church, Wahakotte, in the Matale District of Sri Lanka. October 2015. For more pictures, and a history of this iconic church, go to Serendib Magazine.
Regimental Sergeant Major of the Military Police at the funeral of Major General Gratiaen Silva, in Colombo, on Remembrance Sunday, 2015. On the right are two Signal Corps NCOs, and in the background is a parade detail of the Armoured Corps.