The Burning of a King
The stupa of the 5th century Pidurangala Viharaya, sitting in the shadow of Pidurangala Mountain, is believed to be the site of Kashyapa I’s funeral pyre. One of the most famous kings in Sri Lankan history, Kashyapa seized his father Dhatusena’s throne in a coup d’etat, moved the capital from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya, and then fell on his own sword when his army was defeated by that of his half brother Moggalana. The fortress he built atop the Sigiriya rock is arguably Sri Lanka’s best known tourist attraction. Shot for my photo story, Sigiriya and Pidurangala, in Each Other’s Shadows, which runs in the April 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.