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Sinhala aesthetics : the order of things

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Author

Blundell, David

Date

2005

Volume

6

Pages

162-172

ISSN

1530-4108

Abstract

This paper looks at aesthetics as a cultural system. This is to say that a culture will be viewed in terms of a “worldview” and preferences in life that form an identity of people within a society. The case I am exploring comes from a heritage the Sinhala people have shared with their land and history in a web of relationships across time. Components for this understanding are introduced as a structure and functional process determining the way people cognize a culture based on perceived tastes or sentiments. Anthropology offers the tools for viewing and representing people in their own terms to understand diverse strands of a culture as a holistic notion of beliefs, things, and sense of place.