Friday Lens Affair #105

Jyotish Horoscope, Sri Lanka

This week I’m featuring unique photograph of Jyotish horoscope taken by Ewa Jermakowicz from Rusz w Podróż, who you can follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Ewa is a solo female traveler in her free time outside of corporate life. A fellow Polish Girl addicted to travels and photography. I told you. There are many of us out there ha ha ha.

Picture Story: Jyotish Horoscope

Jyotish horoscope in Sri Lanka is created right after baby’s birth and plays important role during whole life. Especially when marriage comes to the game. To create horoscope wise monks work for few weeks. Not only place, date and time of the birth counts but even seconds.

This particular Jyotish horoscope was created in 1957. His owner told me that all what is written there became true. You may say that it’s self-fulfilling prophecy. The horoscope was written in some old version of Sinhalese, not known by average people. To verify the meaning of the horoscope he had to consult with monks.

So there I was. In a house of people I did not know, at suburbs of Colombo. Man has shown me the horoscope and we spent hours on answering my questions. Each symbol, each line was meaningful and I wanted to know everything. Because horoscopes are still as important as they were fifty and hundred years ago. They lead you through life, they arrange your life.

You may say it’s not important but in Sri Lanka, in XXI century, pages of newspapers are full of matrimonial classifieds. And when you reply you need to include your horoscope. Doesn’t match? No marriage. Marriage that is arranged by your parents.

Of course, nowadays you have a chance to meet your husband before. But even me, sitting at the porch, and looking at the horoscope, have finished looking through hundreds of letters. Letters with stories of woman, stories written by their parents, listing all benefits, education, dowry. There was also pile of beautiful, well educated woman with very nice dowry. And the pile said “rejected”. The horoscope did not match. Did not match with their son who didn’t even want that kind of actions, living European life in Italy.

And as much as I don’t agree with the idea of arranged marriages, I’ve fallen in love with the horoscope. Mix of history, secret and just a bit of hope that maybe it actually does work.

And I even didn’t realize when I was asked about my own horoscope. There was a guy looking for wife. But, as nowadays horoscope is created by a computer and it doesn’t look that amazing any more, I did not come back neither with horoscope nor with a husband.

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3 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #105

  1. astrodian

    I really love this post. Thanks for your sharing. Hope that I could read more and more useful article like this.

  2. Lara

    I really appreciate this article. because I am one of those people who wakes up in the morning, pours a hot cup of coffee, opens the newspaper and reads my daily horoscope to see what the future holds for me that day.

  3. Rajlakshmi

    It’s the same in India as well. Many marriages are made based on horoscope. Beautiful capture .

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