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Global Scholarships for Students

 

Please see a list of scholarship opportunities for our youth / students to apply to different global institutions (please note that eLanka cannot verify the validity of some of the website links and the reader is request to do their own research as the following list has been sent by well-wishers of eLanka in good faith).  

  1. LPDP Scholarsh hip (http://www.beasiswalpdp.org/index.html)
  2. Luar Negeri (http://beasiswa.dikti.go.id/ln/)
  3. Turkey Government Scholarship (http://www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/index.php/en)
  4. General Cultural Scholarship India (http://www.iccrindia.net/gereralscheme.html)
  5. USA Government Scholarship a. (http://www.aminef.or.id/index.php)b. (http://www.iief.or.id)
  6. Netherland Government Scholarship (http://www.nesoindonesia.or.id/beasiswa)
  7. Korean Government Scholarship (http://www.niied.go.kr/eng/contents.do…)
  8. Belgium Government Scholarship (http://www.vliruos.be/4273.aspx)
  9. Sciences Po France (http://formation.sciences-po.fr/…/the-emile-boutmy-scholars…)
  10. Utrecht University Netherland (http://www.uu.nl/…/grantsandscholarships/Pages/utrechtexcel…)
  11. Prasetya Mulya Business School Indonesia (http://www.pmbs.ac.id/s2/scholarship.php?lang=ENG)
  12. Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarship (http://www.mofat.gov.bn/index.php/announcement)
  13. Monbugakusho Scholarship Japan (http://www.id.emb-japan.go.jp/sch.html)
  14. Paramadin ba University Master Fellowship Indonesia (https://gradschool.paramadina.ac.id/…/paramadina-medco-fell…)
  15. PPM School of Management Indonesia (http://ppm-manajemen.ac.id/beasiswa-penuh-s2-mm-reguler/)
  16. University of Twente Netherland (http://www.utwente.nl/internationa…/scholarshipsandgrants/…/)
  17. Sweden Government Scholarship (http://www.studyinsweden.se/Scholarships/)
  18. Chinese Government Scholarship (http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua/scholarshipdetailen.aspx…)
  19. Taiwan Government Scholarship (http://www.studyintaiwan.org/taiwan_scholarships.html)
  20. United Kingdom Government SCholarship (http://www.chevening.org/indonesia/)
  21. Panasonic Scholarship Japan (http://panasonic.net/citizensh…/scholarships/…/requirements/)
  22. Ancora Foundation Scholarship (http://ancorafoundation.com)
  23. Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship Japan (http://www.api-fellowships.org/body/)
  24. AUN/SEED-Net Scholarship (http://www.seed-net.org/index.php)
  25. Art Asia Major Scholarship Korea National University of Arts (http://eng.karts.ac.kr:81/karts/board/list.jsp…)
  26. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Japan (http://www.apu.ac.jp/home/life/index.php?content_i

d=30)

  1. Seoul National University Korea (http://en.snu.ac.kr/…/gradu…/scholarships/before-application)
  2. DIKTIS Overseas Scholarship (http://www.pendis.kemenag.go.id/beasiswaln/)
  3. Honjo International Scholarship Foundation Japan (http://hisf.or.jp/english/sch-f/)
  4. IDB Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology (http://www.isdb.org/irj/portal/anonymous…)
  5. International HIV & Drug Use Fellowship USA (http://www.iasociety.org/fellowship.aspx)
  6. Nitori International Scholarship Foundation Japan (http://www.nitori-shougakuzaidan.com/en/)
  7. School of Government and Public Policy Indonesia (http://sgpp.ac.id/pages/financial-conditions)
  8. Inpex Scholarship Foundation Japan
  9. Asia University Taiwan (http://ciae.asia.edu.tw/AdmissionsScholarship.html)
  10. Macquaire University Australia (http://www.mq.edu.au/…/macquarie_university_international_…/ .
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eLanka Newsletter: January 2019 3rd edition: Sri Lankans in Australia – News, Photos, Events & Articles

Click here or on the image below to read this week’s eLanka Newsletter for the Sri Lankan down-under!

eLanka Happy New Year - 2019

 

  • New Year’s Eve dinner dance at Springvale Town Hall – Photos thanks to Trevine Rodrigo
  • “STORIES IN SONG” SERIES 2019. “WHO”? – By Des Kelly
  • Sri Lanka face uphill task against smarting Aussies – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE
  • The Silver Fawn Club (Brisbane) GOLDEN YEARS CHRISTMAS PARTY – SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER, 2018 – By Susan Fahir
  • The Silver Fawn Club 2018 Gala New Years Eve Dinner Dance Photos – By Davenal Flanderka
  • Kerrigan’s list of achievements
  • Eighty Club Christmas luncheon at the Grand on Cathies Lane in Wantirna – Photos thanks to Trevine Rodrigo
  • Sugar – may be the cause of most diseases by Dr Harold Gunatillake
  • “Maxie’s Corner” – eLanka Cartoons by Max Gerreyn
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Sri Lanka face uphill task against smarting Aussies – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE

 

Sri Lanka’s mission to the Southern hemisphere appears to be on a tragic course if the results in New Zealand are any indication.

 They left empty handed after a winless tour in all formats and life for them appears bleaker as they take on an Australian team smarting from a historic whitewash at home at the hands of the high riding Indians.

 

While Sri Lanka’s aspirations are more in hope of improvement due to the immaturity in the current squad, the Kiwis and Aussies are proud defenders at home and are uncompromising against all-comers in battle.

 The Sri Lankans feature in their first Pink ball Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on February 24 before travelling to Manuka Oval in Canberra for their final encounter which is incidentally the first Test in the Australian Capital.

 New Zealand showed the Islanders no mercy with crushing wins in the Tests and shorter formats of the game although Sri Lanka battled valiantly in the one-dayers despite losing all of them. Rain saved them from total demolition in the second Test after New Zealand went on a leather hunt against a hapless Sri Lanka attack which leaked more runs than any other team that has toured this part of the world before.

 dinesh_chandimalSri Lanka’s batting except for Angelo Matthews and opener Dimuth Karunaratne found little answer to New Zealand’s experienced pace attack led by Tim Southee and Trent Boult who tore the heart out of a weak-kneed effort by the rest and bad shot selection from experienced campaigners such as skipper Dinesh Chandimal who should realistically be finding a question mark over his selection for the rest of the tour. Compounding an already dire situation is the loss of the only shining light on the Kiwi leg of the tour, former skipper Angelo Matthews who once again succumbed to hamstring issues which has plagued him in the recent past. Matthews ended the New Zealand Tests as the highest run scorer being dismissed only once.


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  There was also much speculation among the one-day squad who are reported to have indulged in some in-fighting causing a rift within. It is a definite recipe for disaster particularly when the combatants are among the most experienced in the squad. Lasith Malinga and Tissara Perera were the stand outs for Sri Lanka in a winless effort but they have got to find a way to train their focus on the opposition and not on themselves.

angelo_Mathews2 Two Tests against Australia will define who has benefited from the experience against New Zealand and for Chandika Hathurusinghe who made his mark as respected coach for New South Wales before taking Bangladesh to greater heights this leg of the tour will be an acid test of his ability in a role, he has yet to deliver on lofty expectations.
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Hathurusinghe is currently under the pump to prove that Sri Lanka’s investment in him is justified as he faces heavy criticism on social media from knowledgeable critics who label him a financial disaster alongside his Australian counterpart Asanka Gurusinha who control the direction of the Sri Lankan attempt to resurrect the team.

 


asanka_gurusingheFrom the experience in New Zealand Sri Lanka will need to focus on their handling of the bouncer barrage they will face from the quicker Australian attack led by Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson, the latter replacing injured Josh Hazlewood, who made life uncomfortable for the Indians before they were subjected to the return fire from India who also possess a potent attack led by Jasprit Burmah, Ishant Sharma and Mohamed Shami.

 By now the New Zealand experience would have given them some degree of conditioning to the bouncier and more lively tracks compared to those found on the Asian sub-continent and Sri Lankan fans in this part of the world are anticipating a backs-to-the-wall effort from the team as they desperately struggle to re-establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

 Their journey ahead is as daunting as they travel to South Africa to take on the Proteas who are also an uncompromising prospect. But the experience they gain on the Southern Hemisphere sojourn will be invaluable particularly for some of the younger members as they toughen up for their careers in the future.

  Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha.

AustraliaTim Paine (c/wk), Jhye Richardson, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle 

 

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The Silver Fawn Club (Brisbane) GOLDEN YEARS CHRISTMAS PARTY – SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER, 2018 – By Susan Fahir

It is Christmas time again and that time of year when we are all set to party. As always, the Golden Years Christmas party was a tremendous success with over 140 members and guests attending. The hall was beautifully decorated in traditional Christmas colours of Red, Green Gold and Silver. The party had a mix of fun, good food and dance.

On arrival members were greeted warmly and given a piece of traditional Christmas cake made and beautifully wrapped by Rena Henderling either in gold or silver as well as a welcome drink of sweet sherry. It was nice to see so many familiar faces and at the same time welcome new members to the Silver Fawn Club family.

An entrée of patties and cutlets was followed by a sumptuous buffet lunch by Jeremy Henderling of Dutch Burgher favourites – Ghee Rice, Chicken Curry, Ceylon Roast Pork, Eggplant Pahai, Leg Ham with mustard sauce to name a few was enjoyed by all followed by the dessert buffet which was a treat one would not want to miss. This was followed by Breudher, Cheese and Iced Coffee.

Our Compere for the day was Dennis Arnolda who ensured that everyone participated in the sing a long of old time favourites and Christmas Carols with Laurensz Manricks on the piano and Egerton de Franz on guitar.

Our DJ, Ty Fox entertained all present with a great selection of music and a number of members and guests danced which was followed by a session of old time favourites usually reserved for the mid night session at a New Year’s Eve Dance.

The raffle was a huge success which helped greatly to defray some of the costs and we must thank all those who supported this by donations of prizes and the purchase of tickets. Although there was some hiccups on the day with the air conditioning as it was a very hot day, we have received many comments from those who attended this function on what a great time they had.

Susan Fahir

Chairperson

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Photos from The Silver Fawn Club (Brisbane) – CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY – SATURDAY, 15 DECEMBER, 2018 – Samantha Loos

The Club’s annual Children’s Christmas party on 15th December was an enjoyable evening for the kids and grand kids of members who graced the occasion.

The evening commenced with the children enthusiastically participating in several games and activities.

During the break, the children were provided with a sumptuous meal, ice cream and drinks.

The children’s Christmas party culminated with the arrival of Santa Claus played by Glen Tucker, who played the role at short notice, and the distribution of the gifts which were purchased and wrapped by Susan Fahir.

The MC and the festive music was provided by Dennis Arnolda. Deborrah Jansz-Cox and her children decorated the hall and creating a seasonal atmosphere which was enjoyed by all and Samantha Loos and her children organised the games, takeaway gifts and the sumptuous meal.

Samantha Loos

 

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AN EVENING OF CAROLS – SATURDAY, 15 DECEMBER, 2018
– Dennis Arnolda

In the tradition of the Club an evening of Christmas Carols was held at the Mitchelton Senior Citizens hall following the Children’s Christmas Party.

Approximately 80 members & guests partook in the event, most dressed in the spirit of the season.

The hall was simply but tastefully decorated thanks to the talented Deborrah helped by Davenal, Margot, Carlton & Shania.

Gerard Cabraal on keyboard provided accompaniment and led the carol singing along with the dulcet tones of Aruni Cabraal. They were ably backed up by the choir comprising Ben Simmons, Rena Henderling, Mario Stainwall, Becky Misso, Sangitha Cabraal and Dennis. There were solo items performed by Ben, Sangitha and Dennis. MC duties were shared between Sangitha and Dennis. It was good to hear the guests rendering their vocal support to the ever-popular items.

Dinner was in the form of an assortment of Sri Lankan finger food and was enjoyed by everyone by all reports.

Gerard and Aruni provided some music for dancing and soon had the floor alive and Dennis continued with more dance music. All in all it was an evening enjoyed by all in the spirit of the season.

Big thanks must go to chairperson Davenal for taking on the task followed by all those who helped – too many to mention – to make what was a successful event. Thanks also to Jeremy who supervised the distribution of the food.

Dennis Arnolda

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The Silver Fawn Club 2018 Gala New Years Eve Dinner Dance Photos – By Davenal Flanderka

 

The Dance was held at the Mitchelton Community Centre on a warm Brisbane night.

The Club was happy that many members and guests attended the dance. Due to a small problem with the seating there was some confusion, but within about 20 minutes, this was sorted, and attendees made their way to the nominated tables.

The night commenced at about 715 p.m. with the “Cool Daddies” duo and a new Songstress. The members and guests took to the floor and in no time the ample dance floor was packed. Then the maestro DJ, Ty Fox, took up the beat and kept the members and guests entertained, till the session ended. The music was well accepted by many, but it was sad to mention that the build up for the birth of the new year did not appear to have the punch that was expected. However, overall the Music was tremendous, and it played to the benefit of everyone, young and old. The New Year dawned with everyone wishing each other. Many guests who attended our Ball for the first time said it was a wonderful experience. It was a wonderful night with balloons, streamers, whistles and all the Fun of a NEW YEAR 2019.

I have kept the best part of the evening to the last. The dinner was sumptuous and catered for in an exciting fashion by Jeremy Henderling and his staff. There were several dishes to choose from and there was plenty of food on the serving table with people going for seconds. However, the ultimate was the array of desserts, prettily laid on the tables so Members and guests had a large choice of foods to select and choose. Thank you, Jeremy, for a wonderful and exciting dinner and dessert.

I must commend the decorations and Hall décor skilfully done by Deb Jansz-Cox, our Secretary and her team of helpers, her two children and the Committee members. This time we hired a professional group to arrange tables and provide chair covers— a job well done, which helped the committee to call it a night after the dance as the Event group, packed and cleared the hall without tiring the Committee. A word must be said of the ticket sellers namely Deb Jansz-Cox, who sold 76 tickets. Our thanks go to these members who did a fantastic job.

Lastly, I wish to thank other members like Patrick Maloney our ever-popular member and Ray Anthonisz from the band, who gave up their time to help us during the day. To Gerard our surprise MC for the night, Thank you.

To Deb, a big thank you for purchasing the hampers, and the others, Margot and Thomazine who helped in the other jobs during the day, your work was most appreciated. Finally, many thanks to our Gift donors and Dot the hall manager who was always ready to help us.

Without the many members and guests, the Club would not have had a grand evening, the Club is very appreciative of your presence and look forward to seeing you next year.

Davenal Flanderka

 

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“STORIES IN SONG” SERIES 2019. “WHO”? – By Des Kelly

“Who’s gonna fixit, this bloody brexit?,
No-one involved, seems to know,
Will it be “hard”, or maybe quite “soft”?,
Which is the best way to go.?

Theresa may, and yet, she may not,
She’s still the P.M., you see,
Who’s gonna fixit, this bloody brexit?,
Certainly not you, or not me”

In England, “the brexit”, in the U.S., a “wall”
Both P.M.s determined as hell,
One wants to raise up the Union-Jack,
The other, ring the “Liiberty-Bell”,

In Oz., we don’t need any terrorist mugs,
To tell us, what it’s all about,
We really don’t care, where the hell they may go,
If they step on these shores, KICK EM OUT”!!.

   Desmond Kelly.
  (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka.
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Myths seem to escape reasoning and remain indecipherable Though mysterious – BY – François Dor

Source: Island

Myths describe the creation of the world, the actions of the first humans. Though mysterious, these stories seem to escape reasoning, and remain indecipherable. It gets more disturbing that they constitute our foundation, our first memory.

 

However, based on the recent science that embryology is a new perspective about the foundation, myths show that they are the fetal memory of embryogenesis. Would it be the case of the Sinhalese founding myth?

 

“The origin of the Sinhalese race, like that of any other ancient race, is partly historical and partly mythological…Ancient races have sought the most fantastic origins for themselves. Some have claimed direct descent from the Creator himself; others from the Sun or the Moon. We claim a Lion as our ancestor, hence ‘Sinha-la’ or Lion Blood…Two adjacent countries, Vanga and Kalinga (Bengal and Orissa), were the setting for the birth of the Sinhala race..

 

“Here is the legend. Suppadevi was the daughter of the king of Vanga, but a very headstrong daughter. She ran away from home, and during her wanderings met ‘Sinha’ and became his wife. A son and a daughter were born to them…When the son, named Sinha-bahu, grew up and learnt from his mother that he had a king for a grandfather, he determined to get away from the wild, primitive life they were leading, and to rescue his mother and sister from a hopeless form of existence.

 

“So, one day, while Sinha was out hunting, Sinha-bahu took his mother and sister… and made his way back to his grandfather’s capital…Sinha, returning to find an empty home, was both heartbroken and furious… as the days passed without his being able to find them, he get maddened and attacked whomsoever crossed his path… the king proclaimed by beat of drum that whosoever should kill Sinha would be well rewarded… Sinha-bahu… aimed an arrow from a distance of only a few paces at his unsuspecting father and killed him on the spot…

 

“Sinha-bahu… succeeded to the throne of his grandfather… His son was Vijaya… Sinha-bahu… was forced to banish Vijaya. He and seven hundred of his followers, so the legend says, were put on boats and set adrift…After being storm-tossed and sea-buffeted for several weeks, Vijaya and the majority of his seven hundred reached Mantota on our north-western coast. The island was then inhabited by Yakshas and Nagas…Vijaya made a strong impression on Kuveni, the queen of the Yakshas, and she befriended him. 

 

“With her help, he and his men attacked and killed the Yaksha chiefs, and Vijaya made himself king with Kuveni as his queen”. 1.

 

“Vijaya… signifies ‘victory’ and might well symbolize the successful migration of North Indians to Sri Lanka”. 2.

 

According to mythology as a memory of life as a fetus, Sinha would represent the fetus, ‘our ancestor’, and Suppadori, the umbilical cord ‘married’ with the fetus ‘Sinha’. ‘Suppadori, a very headstrong daughter, who had ran away from home,’ an umbilical cord who have leaved the uterine wall.

 

‘The son, Sinha-bahu, determined to go away,’ would represent the birth process, the fetus that leaves the fundus of the uterus what has then become ‘an empty house’.

 

‘Sinha-bahu took his mother and sister’, the membrane around the fetus (‘the mother’) and the umbilical cord (‘the sister’) – ‘hopeless form of existence’ at the end of the pregnancy – goes to birth with the fetus.

 

‘Sinha… get maddened and attacked whomsoever crossed his path’ would represent the uterine contractions that pressure the blood circulation. ‘Sinha-bahu… aimed an arrow and killed his father on the spot’ would represent to split of the membrane at birth.

 

‘Sinha-bahu… was forced to banish Vijaya’, now the fetus goes out of the womb of the mother, he is ‘banished’; his name was no longer Sinha-bahu, but Vijaya.

 

‘He and seven hundreds of his followers’: seven is a very important number in mythology. In embryology, when the embryo has reached a composition of eight cells, seven of the eight cells will produce the embryonic appendices and the eighth the fetus.

 

‘After being storm-tossed and sea-buffeted’ would represent the waterfall of the amniotic liquid at birth, and the difficult passage for the baby to go out of the womb. ‘Vijaya and the majority of his seven hundred reached Mantota on our north-western coast’ would represent the fact that the baby and his umbilical cord have landed in the area outside the womb.

 

‘Vijaya… killed the Yaksha chiefs and Vijaya made himself king and Kuveni his queen’ would represent the neo-natal stage: the placental circulatory system is disconnected (‘the Yaksha chiefs’ have disappeared) and the organism is assured of autonomous survival.

 

The story of the successful migration of North Indians to Sri Lanka has been described unconsciously as the successful migration of the fetus that goes to birth.

 

According to this legend, we can consider each newborn baby from each Sinhalese woman as a ‘victorious lion’, a ‘Sinha Vijaya’.

 

The world is full of similar legends because life as a fetus is nearly the same everywhere.

 

To read mythologies – the most ancient stories of humanity – as a memory of life as a fetus – our most ancient story – make them understandable. 

 

  1. J. Vijayatunga, Island Story, A Visidunu Publication, 1949, pp. 136-140.
    2. C. R. De Silva, Sri Lanka: a history, Vikas publishing house, 1987, p. 19.

 

François Dor

 

(François Dor is a French writer and researcher in the field of mythology. The author of the book ‘Why? The Mythological Life’, he has conducted intense research on the subject for 27 years. His work has been published in 20 newspapers in 10 countries. Dor was in Sri Lanka for one month on a research assignment and visited our offices last week to share this article on the ‘foundation myth of Sri Lanka with the new perspective of a memory of life as a fetus’, with The Sunday Island readers. (francoisdor.over-blog.com Email: francdor@yahoo.ca)
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Dear Mr Dor,

 

This refers to your article in Sunday Island, Jan.13th instance on the legend about origin of Sinhalese race. This was a fascinating creative write up connecting myths and modern embryology. I was interested in the subject having lived in Bengal [Vanga] and wrote an article [attached] regarding similarities between the two languages and customs. 

 

The migration story is possibly real since the people of Bengal too are aware about the departure of king Vijaya and the connection between the two people. This is despite their separation by two interposing Dravidian Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh.

 

If you wish to dwell deeper I would suggest a study on king Ravana of Lanka in the Hindu Chronical Ramayana with a history of ~5000 years.

 

Kind regards!

  1. Pathirana.
    —————————————————————————————Dear Mr Pathirana,“The migration story is possibly real” : sure.

    In embryology, there is three migrations :

    A – 24 hours after the fertilization, the migration of the first cell -whose divides in many cells- from its birthplace to the uterine wall through the uterine horn.

     

    B – The embryo leaves the uterine wall to float in the amniotic liquid. Then, only the umbilical cord connects him to his mother.
    C – Just before birth, the migration of the fetus from the bottom of the uterus to the vaginal orifice. 

    Mankind has preserved unconsciously the memory of these migrations in many legends.

    For instance, about the migration A, we can see a unconscious memory of it in the legend of the hebrew tribe (the embryo) as nomadic (the migration) going to the promised land (the uterine wall full of food, “the land flowing with milk and honey”).
    The Greeks (the legend of Zeus who escapes Cronos by going to Creta), and others people, have preserved a memory of this migration A.

    – The migration of the Sinhalese race seems to be of the C type.
    Yes, historically, there is a migration real of the Sinha people from Bengal to Ceylan. But this real story is remembered and told through the unconscious memory of the birth of the fetus.
    Bengal is an overcrowded country since centuries. Then some tribes have to
    leave it to make their life.
    Uterus of the pregnant woman is overcrowded the last month of the pregnancy: the fetus has no more room to live : he has to go to make his life.

    Why does the humans relate historical fact (the migration from Bengal of the the Sinhalese race to Ceylan) through the unconscious memory of life as a fetus (here, the migration from the overcrowded bottom of the uterus to birth) ?

    Life is very difficult for the human born. Very difficult to find water, food, to protect himself against the wild animals, the weather, the winds, the sun, the hot, the cold, the rains, etc… But mankind has preserved unconsciously a memory of its life as a fetus, a paradise first, then difficulties just before the birth (for instance an overcrowded uterus) then a freedom  of that has become a “jail” thanks to the birth. And because life on earth is very difficult, beacuse before he has knew a “paradise” (life as a fetus, the first months), or a “end of the problems” (the birth), he will mentally repeat unconsciously this structure to put an “end of the problems” (for instance the overcrowded Bengal, problem resolved by the “birth”, the migration of the fetus to birth).

    Tell unconsciously the migration of the Sinhalese from Bengal to Ceylan from the memory of the migration of the fetus from the bottom of the uterus to the birth, will ensure a victorious migration to the Sinhalese because the newborn baby has been victorious in his own migration.

    The psychical structure of life as a the fetus still structures the “traditionnals societies”, and this psychical structure is very strong.

    Best regards,

    François Dor
    francoisdor.over-blog.com

 

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  “STORIES IN SONG” SERIES 2019 – “WITHOUT YOU” – By Des Kelly

 A perfect “Country” love story, if ever there was one.
He was Waylon Jennings, an  “Outlaw” Country Star, famous for his rebel attitude, his drinking & “drugs” habits, yet his human compassion for his many friends in the business, his undoubted “luck” when he gave up his seat on a plane trip, to escape certain death when the plane crashed shortly after take-off, killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P.  (the Big Bopper. Waylon was then the bass guitar player in the famous Buddy Holly Band,  “The Crickets”. The drastic incident happened on the 3rd of February, 1959, and even though this Outlaw realized how lucky he was, at the time, this did not stop him from getting together with his good mates Willie Nelson, Kris. Kristofferson, Johnny Cash & Merle Haggard (another well known REAL Outlaw), on his arrival back home to Texas, “kickin’ ass”, as the saying goes, & doing their own thing. Like the other “outlaws”, at the time, Waylon Jennings was a typical “man’s man”. He went around (with the “Jenning’s sound), playing guitar & singing his songs in his own inimitable fashion, collecting “fans” by the thousands, drinking, smoking, snorting, & coughing, until he finally found the love of his life, Jessie Colter. Waylon Jennings settled down somewhat, after meeting this stunningly beautiful woman (a talented Country-Composer, herself, a pianist, + accompanist of Waylon, on-stage, his lover & the mother of their one son, Shooter Jennings).
This was indeed the special love-story of the time. Jessie truly loved her man, and Waylon Jennings reciprocated her love, which was plain to see, whenever they appeared on stage together.
     Waylon Jennings died on the 13th February 2002, in his sleep, a victim of the dreaded diabetes. He was only 64 years old, but Jessie was there, with him, when it happened.
There are many “couples” in Country Music, I have admired over the years, but Waylon & Jessie were specials far as I am concerned. She remains, still as beautiful as ever, singing  & recording, and when I came across her version of “Without You” , dedicated,of course, to her husband, I fully expected the song to be a slow, sad, sentimental ballad, but, one never knows with Jessie Colter.
     For all my readers of eLanka, I have picked two songs, written by a woman, still very much in love with her man.
Ladies and Gentlemen, for my “Stories in Song” 2019, I am proud to present Jessie Colter with two songs which I hope all of you will enjoy. 
  Desmond Kelly.
  (Editor-in-Chief)– eLanka.
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