Glossary

Rabana

A one-sided traditional drum in Sri Lanka played during the festival season with the hands. There are two types of rabanas. The hand rabana is about one foot in diameter and played with the tips of the fingers of one hand. The bench rabana, the biggest of the drums used in Sri Lanka with a diameter of about four feet, is played by two or more people at a time and mostly by women.

Origin:

Sinhalese

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Redda

A wrap-around skirt or sarong tucked at the waist

Origin:

Sinhalese

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Roti

Is a flat unleavened bread made of stone ground wheat flour. The Sinhalese make a version called pol roti which is made of wheat flour mixed with freshly scraped coconut. Sometimes chopped onions and green chillies are added to the doughy mixture before cooking

Origin:

Sanskrit, Tamil, Sinhalese

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Rounders

A bat-and-ball game, popular among Irish and British school children, brought to the colonies by British soldiers

Origin:

Irish, English

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