An Anthropological Approach to Traditional Martial Art of Angampora


Authors : Charith Mudalige; Dinindu Dewapura

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 2 - February

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Sri Lanka, as an island with great cultural heritage, has its indigenous martial art of Angampora, which has changed with the dynamics of cultural changes. For centuries Angampora was kept obscure and confined as the early traditional Angampora masters taught this traditional martial art in secrecy. However, today Angampora is popular among the modern generation. According what was found in the research, there is a new tendency among the modern generations to learn this precious martial art over other foreign martial arts. The research was based on the fifty informants were purposively selected from Piliyanadala and Kalutara areas. Mainly, data was collected through a questionnaire survey. Furthermore, general observation, case studies and interview method based on semi- structured interview schedule were occupied in the research. Collected data was analysed narrative analysis. Most of them claimed that they have not met Angam masters they can satisfy about. The results of this survey revealed the importance of conserving this traditional martial art, and therefore suggest the importance to identify qualified Angam masters in the island. A national policy should be established to fulfill this timely need, which will contribute to get rid of fake Angam masters. Similarly, the quality and status of this indigenous martial art should be improved. The research recommends learning and preserving Angampora as an intangible cultural heritage for the future generation is a national necessity.

Keywords : Culture, Angampora, Martial Art, Intangible, Generation.

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