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Ancient Fresco

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Ancient Fresco of a Woman Ancient Fresco of a Woman

There is a little diversion while climbing the 1202 steps to the top of Lion’s Rock in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. The diversion is along a shear wall up a spiral staircase opening onto a small alcove / walkway. Thankfully, the staircase is fully enclosed so there is virtually no possibility of tumbling a few hundred feet and bounding off sharp boulders. Stepping onto the walkway I come face to face with frescoes, all of women. The sight is magical, mystical, mythical. I feel as though my soul has been transported back centuries and I have come face to face with the old ones and want desperately to understand their thoughts, to feel their feelings, to know their knowledge.

It is estimated that there was, at one time, over 500 semi-naked ladies covering an area of 5600 square meters which is close to the size of a football field. Today, a…

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