Let’s venture behind the scenes of Ambalangoda’s souvenir industry. Ambalangoda is usually overlooked for its more famous, party-hard neighbor Hikkaduwa. However, ‘devil masks’ play a very significant role in Sri Lankan culture, in warding off evil spirits and keeping mischievous charms at bay. Carving and painting these masks are an art in itself, and the intricacies are mastered by only a handful of expert craftsmen, most of whom have acquired these skills from elders in their family.
The village of Meetiyagoda, near Ambalangoda, is where the semi-precious gem “moonstone” is most commonly found, concentrated within an acre of land, and according to folklore this particular area once received the blessings of the moon. The mysterious gem, as captivating as the full moon gleaming in the night sky, is considered sacred and has been used in Sri Lankan jewelry for centuries. The more adventurous may venture down into the deep, narrow shafts from which the stones are mined and grab a glimpse of the mining process.
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