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Something 's called me back...

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The Esala Perahera is held annually in Kandy to honour the Sacred Tooth Relic. It runs for 10 days, ending on the poya (full moon).

Its origins go back to when the Sacred Tooth Relic was brought to Ceylon, which was during the reign of King Kirthisiri Meghawanna who ruled at Anuradhapura from 303 to 331.

The Kandy Esala Perahera as we know it today, with the four Hindu Dewale Peraheras participating in it, has its origin in 1775 A.D. under the reign of King Kirthisri Rajasinghe.

The anuual procession in Kandy is one of Asia's most magnificent festivals. Up to 100 elephants take part in it and this year there were more than one million spectators.

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This picture shows one of the fire dancers that traditionally open the parade. They come just after the cracking whips.

Difficult to isolate one of the performers, as this is quite a massive festival. The background gives a hint of the crowds in the streets of Kandy.

No flash, lots of grains, lotza noize...soul power!

A little light in the dark, what we need.

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"Something 's calling me back
There 's a light in the black
Am I ready to go - I'm coming home"

in loving memory of R.J. Dio

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