ANIL’S GHOST. ~ Grove of the Ascetics. Outline. General Introduction & Plot Summary Questions . General Introduction: Sri Lankan Civil War (1983-2009).
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Conflicts between Tamils and Sinhalese, escalating till the civil war erupted in 1983. (e.g. Black July [depicted in Funny Boy] started with the killing of 13 Sinhalese, followed by the riot in Colombo against Tamils)
Warbetween the government and LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers, a separatist militant organization which fought to create an independent Tamil state named Tamil Eelam in the north and the east of the island.
Author’s note – + antigovernment insurgents in the south.
pp. 17; 42
[later] -- a suicide bomber's assassination of a fictional Sri Lankan president
pp. 96-99 To identify the skeleton, Palipana says they should find a ritual painter; he describes Netra Mangala (the ritual of painting eyes on statues).
Experience of loss pp. 99-101 Cullis
Experience of loss and gain: pp. 103- Lakma's story: as a 12-year-old, she saw her parents killed and became frightened of everything; the mutual support of Palipana and Lakma
Pp. 106: ritual of Palipana's death-- Lakma will carve an inscription for him at the edge of the water as he is dying. Palipana tells the visitors that the ritual painter he has in mind became a drunk now works in the mines.
pp.109 - murder again – On the road back to Colombo, they find a truck driver (Gunasena) crucified alive on the road, and bring him to the hospital.