Kasakaruwo (Whip Crackers)

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Kasakaruwo (Whip Crackers)

When the procession parades the streets the first participants you see are the whip crackers. It is believed that the noise of the whips depicts thunder and lightning. There are thirty of them.They intimate the arrival of the King.

Generally they are used to make room for the Sacred Tooth Relic to be taken in the procession. The whip is made of jute and bark of a tree. Today most of the whip crackers use whips made of coir. A white matted hair, a sarong and bannion and a reddish cotton belt consist their costumes.