SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 1 – VISITING NEGOMBO – PORTUGUESE NAMES

by Antonio Gil January. 23, 2019 1134 views

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 Portuguese names remain after 500 years – Silva is a typical Portuguese name

Portuguese names remain after 500 years – Silva is a typical Portuguese name

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panning technique – first try

panning technique – first try

♫♫ Srilankan Folk Dance (Portuguese influenced) ♫♫

The Portuguese arrived in Ceylon, or Ceilão, as they called it, by chance. In 1505, a fleet commanded by Lourenço de Almeida—the son of Francisco de Almeida, the first viceroy of Portuguese India—was blown into Galle by adverse winds. It was thirteen years later, in 1518, that the Portuguese established formal contact with the Kingdom of Kotte, ruled by Vira Parakrama Bahu, and were permitted to build a fort in Colombo.

Although the Portuguese were primarily interested in exploring trade and commercial opportunities in Sri Lanka, an opening for greater exploitation presented itself in the form of seven warring kingdoms within the island. With time, the kingdom of Kotte began to depend heavily on the Portuguese for defense against the other kingdoms, leading to an enhanced role for the Portuguese in Sri Lankan affairs.

An agreement in 1543 between King Buvenaka Bahu of the kingdom of Kotte and the Portuguese resulted in his grandson Prince Dharmapala being educated in the Franciscan order of the Roman Catholic Church. The conversion of Dharmapala heralded sweeping changes in Sri Lanka’s social landscape, as the Portuguese embarked on a mission to convert the local populace.

Sri Lankans in the western coastal areas were particularly susceptible to the changes, with conversions occurring en masse, but conversions occurred interior and in the northernmost parts of the island as well. As Portuguese culture permeated the island, Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalese took on many Portuguese names as their own, suffixed to their personal names.

  • Silva / de Silva

The surname ‘Silva’, and its derivative ‘de Silva’, meaning ‘from Silva’ or ‘of Silva’ is a popular Portuguese surname and means ‘forest’ or ‘woodland’. It is a wide-spread surname in Portuguese-speaking countries as well as regions formerly under the control of the Portuguese empire (like Sri Lanka, India, America, and Africa.) ‘Silva’ and ‘de Silva’ are very common surnames in Sri Lanka, but doesn’t necessarily mean the holder is of Portuguese descent—just that the holders ancestors subscribed to the cultural hegemony perpetuated by the Portuguese.

roar.media/english/life/history/portuguese-sri-lankan-surnames-and-their-meanings/

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Scribe 1 year ago

These reminded me of some parts of Bangkok, Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Thanks, Angil. X.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Scribe 1 year ago

Countries I don't know...yet 😀 Thanks for all the likes dear friend

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Aleksandra Górna Ozdemir 1 year, 10 months ago

Interesting history

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Antonio Gil Replied to Aleksandra Górna Ozdemir 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you dear Aleksandra

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José Manuel 1 year, 10 months ago

#7good panning.+1

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 1 year, 10 months ago

Obrigado amigo

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 10 months ago

Looks like such a vibrant, busy place! Especially love the panning shots and #1.

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 10 months ago

Everything here is vibrant my friend. Thanks Bethany

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Radha Mistry 1 year, 10 months ago

How interesting. I did not know the Portuguese had infiltrated Sri Lanka. And I enjoyed your explanation of the surname Silva. I have come across it before, and I like the fact it means forest. I have visited Sintra before (close to Lisbon) and I visited the forest there. It was so beautiful, so I can see why the Portuguese have chosen these words as meaningful names. 

P.s. whats panning technique? X

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Radha Mistry 1 year, 10 months ago

I live near Sintra (around 15 km).
When photographing a moving subject, the panning technique is
achieved by keeping the subject in the same position of the frame for
the duration of the exposure. The exposure time must be long enough to allow the background to blur due to the camera movement as the photographer follows the subject in the viewfinder.

The exact length of exposure required will depend on the speed at
which the subject is moving, the focal length of the lens and the
distance from the subject and background

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Radha Mistry Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 9 months ago

Hey Angil, really sorry I never replied to this. I got really busy and was in places with no wifi for a while. I have copied and saved it now, to read through more carefully soon. X

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 10 months ago

Panning and this tiny tin death traps look like race cars in full speed!

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 10 months ago

Death traps is a good description smile But I love to travel inside them. Very funny

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

Excellent job panning I know I have tried it a number of times with mixed success so it is not as easy as it sounds.

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

No it isn't. Hope to get better in the future though. Thanks Russel

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

If you hadn't said it was your first time panning, I would have never guessed. Excellent camera work. #6 very good eye!!

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you so much for your compliment my friend

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Bill Baird 1 year, 10 months ago

#3 would definitely drive a US code enforcement person crazy with all those wires running everywhere to a rat's nest on a pole. lol
Good job on the panning.

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Bill Baird 1 year, 10 months ago

And that one was rather slim compared to what I've seen in other places like in India. smile

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

Nice,nice . The panning is quite good. Show me moresmile

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

I will. Further on. smile

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Francesc 1 year, 10 months ago

Great street work...I love the remain of the names and the vehicles

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks dear friend. smile

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Björn Roose 1 year, 10 months ago

#7 and #8: your first try did work out quite good smile

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks Björn. True must be said I deleted some of them smile

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 10 months ago

Let's say your first try on panning was the whole series of photos using that technique and you kept the best parts of that series smile

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 10 months ago

Exactly

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
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