Wanni: The Heartland of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a long history of a hydraulic civilizations and an even longer tradition of a culture in which water was regarded as a purifier and life giver, a destroyer of evil, and a symbol of fertility and mystery.
Girl bathing in village tank in the Wanni
Girl bathing in village tank in the Wanni. Stephen Champion

Water plays an important role in Sri Lankan culture as a symbol of fertility. Water is among the objects that are considered subha (auspicious) in Sri Lankan culture. In Sinhala culture, positive objects are called suba (auspicious) and negative objects asubha (inauspicious). Subha symbols promote fertility, and water is such a symbol.