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banner ANULA gets it...A king gets plastered...and a fussy elephant changes the course of history...read on....
HISTORY OF SRILANKA: Part 2 Abridged
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The saga continues....
7. Anula is too busy running the palace guards to run the country. The king who ruled before Anula's first husband had a son by the name of Kutakannatissa (KayTissa for short). He "was frightened of the queen" (why?...she is a nice girl!?...) and raised an army........
KayTissa kills Anula and sets the palace on fire!

Realises his mistake: No palace for him! Ha! Ha!...Had to build a new one. Heh! Heh! Fortunately palaces were cheap those days......

8. With all these shenanigans the Anuradhapura kingdom goes into reverse until Datusena emerges. (Unfortunately the word Datu can either mean Relics or Seminal fluid in Sinhala! No doubt the poor guy had lots of problems growing up with that sort of name! Imagine going to school with a name like that!)

He builds a famous watersports centre called Kalaweva. Impressive dams and canals. Historians prefer to think of it as an irrigation scheme..

9. Datusena's sons fall out with each other..The elder, Kassyapa kills his dad by walling him off with plaster whilst the old man is still alive (first instance of a king getting plastered, literally!). The younger, Mogallen doesn't like the prospect of getting plastered and rushes off to India to raise an army. Kassyapa panics and builds a fortress on top of Sigiriya. Spends a lot of time collecting and admiring pictures of topless women. (see Anuradhapura Herald) No web those days! No porn!


10. Brother Mogallen comes back with army. Kassyapa makes mistake of coming down from Sigiriya for the battle. Rides into battle on the back of a fussy idiot elephant who doesn't like a muddy puddle (Aw!) and turns back.... Can you believe that?...Army think this is a retreat and rush for the exits. (Well that's another battle done!... Are we getting overtime or what?...Time to go home to the wife for the evening curry!...See you later at the tavern..)


Kassyapa looks back! No army! All gone home! Poor guy commits Hara Kiri whilst still on elephant's back!
Fussy elephant's reaction to this is not recorded.......! Probably didn't like blood either!
MORAL: Don't act with children or elephants...

11. Nothing much happens for a few centuries except for the usual away game with the Tamils. Tamils win a few fixtures....Anuradhapura goes into decline..Time passes..

12.Parakramabahu emerges as king. Polonnaruwa is the new capital. Land is cheap. Builds more watersports centers notably the impressive Parakrama Samudra (samudra=ocean).

The guy must have stood still for a long, long time whilst a massive statue of himself was sculpted out of solid rock on the bund (dam) of Parakrama Samudra. (Statue is still there). Centuries later suffers the ultimate indignity by having a locally produced brand of condensed milk being named after him (true! The trade name was "Parakum" and carried a picture of his statue on the label)
King Para LEFT: Stone statue thought to be that of King Parakramabahu. Historians think it is that of somebody else. RIGHT: Gatekeeper ("Doratupala") from Polonnaruwa. CLICK IMAGES for bigger pictures... doratupala
Boring reign.....No shenanigans.. to be continued.... NEXT:The Decline Of The Polonnaruwa Kingdom or I might go straight to The Portuguese period....

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| HISTORY 1 | THE ANURADHAPURA HERALD | HISTORY 3 | THE PORTUGUESE OBSERVER | QUEEN ANULA | IDIOT KINGS

© GYAN FERNANDO 2001 First published 21st Feb 2001

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