• Short Summary

    CEYLON'S MOST WELL ATTENDED AND MOST IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL OF THE CENTURY WAS THAT OF THE LATE VENERABLE WELIWITIYE SRI SORATA NAYAKA THERO, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE VIDYODAYA UNIVERSITY OF CEYLON, WHOSE BODY WAS CREMATED NEAR A STATUE AT THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS ON JULY 24.

  • Description

    1.
    LV PAN MAMMOTH CROWD ON HOSPITAL GROUND
    3 1/2 ft

    2.
    MLS BODY LYING IN STATE
    5 1/2 ft

    3.
    MS PRIME MINISTER, MRS BANDARANAIKE PAYING RESPECT
    8 ft

    4.
    MCU BUDDHIST MONKS PAYING RESPECT
    9 1/2 ft

    5.
    MS GOVERNOR-GENERAL, MR. GOPALLAWA PAYING RESPECT
    12 1/2 ft

    6.
    MLS CROWD OUTSIDE HOSPITAL
    14 ft

    7.
    MS CASKET TAKEN OUT OF HOSPITAL
    16 ft

    8.
    LS CROWD SURROUND CASKET
    17 1/2 ft

    9.
    MS PEOPLE LOOKING ON IN TEARS
    18 1/2 ft

    10.
    MCU CASKET BEING PLACED ON HEARSE
    19 1/2 ft

    11.
    MCU RINGING OF BELL
    21 ft

    12.
    LS MONKS PRECEDING FUNERAL PROCESSION
    23 ft

    13.
    MLS HEARSE (TWO SHOTS)


    14.
    MLS CROWD
    31 ft

    15.
    MLS CREMATION PYRE
    33 ft

    16.
    MLS CROWD
    35 1/2 ft

    17.
    MLS HEARSE (TWO SHOTS)
    39 ft

    18.
    LS CROWD AT CREMATION GROUND
    40 1/2 ft

    19.
    MLS CASKET CONTAINING BODY BEING PLACED ON PYRE
    42 1/2 ft

    20.
    LS CROWD
    44 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: CEYLON'S MOST WELL ATTENDED AND MOST IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL OF THE CENTURY WAS THAT OF THE LATE VENERABLE WELIWITIYE SRI SORATA NAYAKA THERO, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE VIDYODAYA UNIVERSITY OF CEYLON, WHOSE BODY WAS CREMATED NEAR A STATUE AT THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS ON JULY 24.

    THE PROCESSION WHICH WAS PRECEDED BY HUNDREDS OF BUDDHIST MONKS, WOUND ITS WAY AMIDST THE SOLEMN SILENCE OF THOUSANDS OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, FLANKED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROUTE.

    ON EITHER SIDE OF THE HEARSE WERE EIGHT BUDDHIST MONKS - CLAD IN SAFFRON ROBES AND RED BELTS WHICH RAN OVER THEIR RIGHT SHOULDERS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RELIGIOUS RITE COMING DOWN FROM LORD BUDDHA AND PERFORMED AT THE PASSING AWAY OF GREAT PERSONAGES.

    WHEN THE SKY WAS SETTING IN THE WESTERN SKY, THE CASKET CONTAINING THE BODY OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR WAS TAKEN THREE TIMES ROUND THE PYRE BEFORE BEING PLACED ON IT.AMIDST LOUD CRIES, THE PYRE WAS THEN SET ON FIRE BY TWO NEPHEWS OF THE LATE VICE-CHANCELLOR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABMSN4NO8SJT7W2BXQROJZWTW9
    Media URN:
    VLVABMSN4NO8SJT7W2BXQROJZWTW9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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