Thursday, August 22, 2013

What are Sri Lankans scared of... an expat perspective

A few weeks ago I was enjoying a funny debate with a few expat friends on Sri Lankan culture, modern society and then some. One of the topics that popped up was "what are Sri Lankans scared of". The list we came up with was a little peculiar. Admittedly, this is an expat view of things, though I do wonder how close we are to the actual truth of it all.

Seeing as our group of expats debated this for some time and also came up with supporting arguments to our list, I thought it'd be a cool idea to blog about it and see what people have to say on the matter.

So, let's get right into it with the list:


This one came up straight off the bat. We have observed Sri Lankans fastidiously trying to avoid rain. It seems they are scared of getting rained on (particularly rain falling onto their heads)! Whenever the heavens open up you see locals scrambling for the covers (usually standing inside/outside shops, bus shelters etc.) or making a mad dash for a bus, their car or to get an umbrella. I'm sure a few Colomboites run to get out of the rain so they can maintain their perfect coiffures and pristine ensembles  wink

I'm not sure if there is some superstition or old wives tale in Sri Lanka about getting rained on...

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