A Gem from the Past

Palm Leaf Ekiriya

 

The village doctor here in Ekiriya showed me this ~500-year-old palm leaf manuscript, documenting thousands of native plants, Ayurvedic remedies, and healing poems passed down from many generations of his family.

I continue to be humbled by the profound insights of village people into the nature of the land, and the streams of traditional continuity that connect the past to the present. Needless to say it was amazing to encounter something like this outside the confines of an institutional environment, and in a living context where it bears its relevance through today.

On the Train

This is a visual update from Sri Lanka, riding the train from Colombo to Kandy en route to the village of Ekiriya, where I have been living, farming, and doing research for the past few months now. I look forward to painting a more substantive picture of this unique chapter of my life soon.