The name Nuga Gama comes from the Sinhala name for Banyan tree. There is one that is about 200 years old at the centre of the village. In the old Sri Lankan villages, this Nuga was the meeting place for the villagers. Gama means village.
This clay structure is called a bissa and it is used for rice storage. It stands on a wooden platform and can hold around 60 bushels. It has a thatched roof that can be lifted with a pole for the farmer to pour in the rice. There is a small door at the bottom to remove the rice as needed.
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The gama gedera is another clay structure with a thatched roof which would be typical living quarters for the famer and his family.
To the left of Joe are sleeping mats hanging from the ceiling.
an old sewing machine sits in the corner
typical pots and ornaments found.. the leaves are Betel leaves which are often chewed with tobacco and areca nut (the seed of a palm tree).
A Buddhist shrine would be found in the living quarters.
Near the gedera is a well, or linda.
a plow used in the paddy fields
the village rooster!
This is the threshing floor or kamatha used to unhusk the rice. It would also be used to perform rituals to ensure a bountiful paddy (unhusked rice).
This area outside the cooking area is a place to clean your hands.
These are clay pots typically used for cooking.
The women are hard at work in the Kussiya or kitchen over an open fire, cooking authenic Sri Lankan food.
The salawa is the traditional village hall.
This is the kade, a traditional Sri Lankan village shop which sells fruits, sweets,and household items.
the village cow!
Nuga Gama is definitely one of our favourite places..one we will visit again a few times before we leave.
Here the kids are standing under the 200 year old Banyan tree.
Thanks for taking this tour with us!!