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Mask representing Vedi Sanniya a character related to boils on the chest and arms from the set of masks (over 100 years old) associated with devil dances in Sri Lanka. Devil dances were staged to relieve people from sickness, as it was believed a devil was responsible for ailments. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Stan Florek
 
Summary:
E019304 - 19/8/1911, mask, , , , Sri Lanka, Asia, South
Item Name:
mask
Label:
Mask representing Vedi Sanniya a character related to boils on the chest and arms from the set of masks (over 100 years old) associated with devil dances in Sri Lanka. Devil dances were staged to relieve people from sickness, as it was believed a devil was responsible for ailments. More recently this character was also related to gunshot wounds, reflecting the change in times and the adaptability of this indigenous ritual.
Country:
Sri Lanka
Collection Area:
Asia, South
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
19/08/1911
Registration Number:
E019304
Associated Stories:
Daha Ata Sanniya Masks: Sri Lanka
Images
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Mask representing Vedi Sanniya a character related to boils on the chest and arms from the set of masks (over 100 years old) associated with devil dances in Sri Lanka. Devil dances were staged to relieve people from sickness, as it was believed a devil was responsible for ailments. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Stan Florek
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Mask representing Vedi Sanniya a character related to boils on the chest and arms from the set of masks (over 100 years old) associated with devil dances in Sri Lanka. Devil dances were staged to relieve people from sickness, as it was believed a devil was responsible for ailments. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Stan Florek
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Mask representing Vedi Sanniya a character related to boils on the chest and arms from the set of masks (over 100 years old) associated with devil dances in Sri Lanka. Devil dances were staged to relieve people from sickness, as it was believed a devil was responsible for ailments. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Stan Florek
4:
Mask representing Vedi Sanniya a character related to boils on the chest and arms from the set of masks (over 100 years old) associated with devil dances in Sri Lanka. Devil dances were staged to relieve people from sickness, as it was believed a devil was responsible for ailments. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Stan Florek
5:
Mask representing Vedi Sanniya a character related to boils on the chest and arms from the set of masks (over 100 years old) associated with devil dances in Sri Lanka. Devil dances were staged to relieve people from sickness, as it was believed a devil was responsible for ailments. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Stan Florek