Sinhala Buddhist Freedom (!?!)
February 2, 2008
The hilarious radio conversation I overheard when driving this morning goes a little bit like this:
Woman: Even though we have gained independence from the British, we are still not free.
Radio guy: Can you give us an example?
Woman: Have you seen little girls doing gymnastics? They practice very hard and when the competition starts, the girls have to perform infront of all her friends and family. And they do this wearing very little clothing. What does this do to our culture? We have a great Sinhala Buddhist culture, and we throwing it away for gymnasitics.
(At this point I was cracking up. And barely had control over the wheel.)
Radio guy: So you’re saying that girls should not be allowed the freedom of doing gymnasitics?
Woman: No.. uh yes. They should. But they should also know that wearing a skimpy outfit for a Sinhala-Buddhist lady is throwing away all that she has. Errr…. the woman is a wonderful creature I think. But all the wonder and beauty goes away when a woman lets go of her shame and fear.
Radio guy: But you can’t do gymnastics wearing a redda and hetta? [translation: traditional dress]
Woman: Yes. You can’t. But look at all the woman who have succeeded in their lives today. Have they done gymnastics? Have they worn skimpy outfits that bring shame on themselves? No. They have a good sense of shame and fear and they are all faithful to their husbands.
Damn, radio in Sri Lanka is really entertaining!