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Frontispiece (VahaIkada), Kantaka Chaitya

Mihintale, c. 3rd-4th century BC

From this mountain top springs the founts of Theravada…
The earliest artisans at work in the sunlit wilderness;
A happy Ganesh not lost to the eyes of an admirer
Cosy and settled between parades of dancing dwarfs
Celebrates the mixed beginnings of tradition