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

by Antonio Gil January. 23, 2019 784 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 2 months, 3 weeks 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 2 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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Aleksandra Górna Ozdemir 12 months ago

Interesting history

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Antonio Gil Replied to Aleksandra Górna Ozdemir 12 months ago

Thank you dear Aleksandra

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José Manuel 12 months ago

#7good panning.+1

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Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 12 months ago

Obrigado amigo

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Bethany Plonski 1 year ago

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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year ago

Everything here is vibrant my friend. Thanks Bethany

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Radha Mistry 1 year 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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Radha Mistry 1 year 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

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Radha Mistry Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 2 weeks 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

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited

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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year ago

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

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Russell Smith 1 year 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.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 1 year ago

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

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Camellia Staab 1 year ago

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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year ago

Thank you so much for your compliment my friend

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Bill Baird 1 year 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.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Bill Baird 1 year ago

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

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Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

I will. Further on. smile

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Francesc 1 year ago

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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 year ago

Thanks dear friend. smile

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Björn Roose 1 year ago

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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Björn Roose 1 year ago

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

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Björn Roose Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year 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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Björn Roose 1 year ago

Exactly

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