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July 17, 1988 | From Reuters
Raja, a holy elephant who became a Sri Lankan national treasure, died of old age Saturday, and thousands came to mourn at the Buddhist temple where he worked. The majestic animal died in the central town of Kandy, where for 50 years he had carried a golden casket containing relics of Buddha in an annual religious pageant. The pageant is part of the "Temple of the Tooth" festival, which takes place at a shrine housing what is reputed to be a tooth of Buddha.
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July 17, 1988 | From Reuters
Raja, a holy elephant who became a Sri Lankan national treasure, died of old age Saturday, and thousands came to mourn at the Buddhist temple where he worked. The majestic animal died in the central town of Kandy, where for 50 years he had carried a golden casket containing relics of Buddha in an annual religious pageant. The pageant is part of the "Temple of the Tooth" festival, which takes place at a shrine housing what is reputed to be a tooth of Buddha.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1985
The constitution of Sri Lanka, in no way states that Sri Lanka is to be made a sacred state for Buddha, whatever it may mean. In fact there is strict separation of church and state, as guaranteed in the constitution of Sri Lanka. The violence in Sri Lanka is caused by Tamil separatists who are attempting to create a separate state in Sri Lanka by resorting to terrorism. The problems have absolutely nothing to do with religion. Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, democratic nation that has existed in peace and harmony for centuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1987
William McGowan's article "Sinhalese Backlash Threatens Peace, Sri Lanka's Future" (Op-Ed Page, Aug. 21), seems to attempt to blame the Buddhist monks for the continuing troubles in Sri Lanka. In the Philippines, Cardinal Jaime Sin led the people in opposition to President Ferdinand Marcos. In Korea, Christian clergymen have encouraged and supported the people in their struggle against a repressive regime. In Latin America, the Catholic clergy has long supported the downtrodden.
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February 25, 1990 | BETTY MARTIN, Martin is a former staff member of the Travel Section. Her column on travel videos appears monthly. and
One nice thing about travel by video is that you can visit any place you want, any time you want. You don't have to follow traditional routes. This month, our connecting flights of fantasy take us from the Far East and the Himalayas to Switzerland. "Portraits of the Great Far East" (International Travel Films, 85 minutes, 1989).
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