The paradise island of Sri Lanka is indeed blessed with a unique culture. There are wonderful attractions to visit and remarkable sites to explore when travelling in this picture perfect country. The dazzling south western coast of the island is an incredibly popular area among tourists. As you are exploring the region’s top appeals, you will come across the iconic Ambalangoda Mask Factory and Museum. Do pay this site a visit and be captivated by the striking colours of the devil masks that are manufactured here. The vibrant masks have a very colourful history too!
It is believed that brightly coloured masks were used in dance performances since ancient times in the country. Even today, masks are worn by dancers. Some even don these scary masks when performing certain ritualistic dances that aim to cure illnesses.
The masks that you find in the country can be broadly classified in to three types, namely the Raksha Mask, Sanni Mask and Kolam Mask. The Raksha Mask category includes the cobra mask as well as the mask of the devil of death. Sanni Masks are generally worn when performing acts that are believed to cure illnesses while the Kolam Masks are worn during stage performances and acts.
A majority of the masks in the country are manufactured in the charming town of Ambalangoda. Once can clearly see an improvement in the quality and aesthetic appeal of the masks that are manufactured today. The masks that were used back in the day lacked the finesse and intricacies of the masks that are crafted by the artisans of the present day.
When you are travelling in the island with Green Holiday Centre, be sure to visit the famous Ambalangoda Mask Museum. You will be able to buy a vibrant little mask to take back home with you as a precious souvenir from this enchanting land!