... are frequently made near the houses of the people in cases of sickness, in which the kapuwa invokes his god, chanting and dancing to the sound of the tomtom. ... The Nilama is the organ of communication between the Government and the dewala ; he appoints the people to the services they are required to perform ; takes charge of the money presented at the shrine ; and keeps the buildings in repair.
|Title||:||The British Government and the Idolatry of Ceylon|
|Author||:||Robert Spence Hardy|