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The Rodiya: Outcaste People of Sri Lanka

     A Rodiya woman in the village of Koskote relaced the head on an older type of drum.  The Rodiya are famed for their drumming, and their drums are used in many traditional ceremonies of the Sinhalese – the ethnic and linguistic group who makes up more than half the population of Sri Lanka (most of the rest are Tamil, later emigrants from India).  The government's development program for the Rodiya includes encouragement of their handicrafts for income; traditionally the Rodiya did their handicrafts for barter, not cash.  From the Minneapolis Tribune Picture Magazine, November 6, 1977, page 19.

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