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Divurum Bodhiya Viharaya

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This viharaya is situated by the Kandy-Thalatu Oya roadside near Ampitiya town, six kilometers away from Kandy.

People accused of various offences were brought here to determine whether they were guilty or not. A popular method was ‘swearing with boiling oil,’ for which the most popular venue was this temple. These customary practices are vividly described in the chronicles by Robert Knox and by John Doyle, according to whom this was a Centuries-old custom, essentially involving faith in deities to prove guilt or innocence by way of an elabor ...

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This viharaya is situated by the Kandy-Thalatu Oya roadside near Ampitiya town, six kilometers away from Kandy.

People accused of various offences were brought here to determine whether they were guilty or not. A popular method was ‘swearing with boiling oil,’ for which the most popular venue was this temple. These customary practices are vividly described in the chronicles by Robert Knox and by John Doyle, according to whom this was a Centuries-old custom, essentially involving faith in deities to prove guilt or innocence by way of an elaborate swearing process as well as going through an ordeal of putting one’s hand into boiling oil and blindly hoping to remain unscathed.


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