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Originating from the coastal regions south of Colombo in southern Sri Lanka, this ritualistic dance evolved from folk rituals.

Used to drive away evil spirits and sometimes as a method of psychiatric treatment or exorcism. The wooded 'devil masks' represent demons.

As the dance gets going, the drummer sets a hypnotic rhythm on the special 'demon drum' and the dancers start spinning by rotating their torsos in increasing speed until they achieve their awe inspiring finale.