Resting places you find many in this world we live. you give various names for such places.
Ambalama is one of the places i can scan from the pages of history. Ambalama is for Sri Lankans is the oldest version of the Rest houses or the Guest Houses.
i know one place close to my house in the Junction of the ' Pita Kotte' town, every person aware of.
it is called Gal Ambalama, a historic place, if my knowledge is accurate.
the other ambalama i know is situated along the left side of the road to kandy from colombo, in Kadugannawa.
before the permanent place of rest 'Nibbana' all other places become nothing or meaningless or useless.
According to Buddhism ' every soul' in other words, is a birth 'impermanent', that subject to decay, until any living creature meets the Nibbana
i like the idea of cemetery it is a sign of Civilization of people. King Pandukabhaya was the first Person to think of 'Towning' our people in the history of our country. He for the first time used a separate place for people to bury death bodies letting them rest in peace.
i watch a movie' The Painted Veil', yesterday, the movie was based on a navel Written by Sumset Moughan. the Author has recaptured a page of history of people of china ( 1925). The Movie was very handsomely re crafted it on silver screen. The Story is about a Pathologist (?) (according to my memory) and his beloved who lived in China in 1925.
The movie says how the people of the community that describe in the film were affected by the Colara ( the decease) back then. i saw in some captions the people of the community was advised to have a separate place to bury death bodies without burying them along the sides of the river banks.
so some journeying from place to place. human have no choice given to select either the place or the womb of birth or the place of death.
The main character of the Movie' The Painted Veil' died of Colora during the process of his efforts in trying to help the people of the community. the Man of the movie is Walter. He died in China ( reason very well described in the movie). He was not Born in china but in London (?)
i don't know whether it is the destiny of some to born in a land where the parents live and die in some other land of the world.
The Death of Mrs. Malini Bulath Sinhala and the Thera Gangodawila Soma comes in to my mind in this moment......................................
The armed forces who work outside to their Mother lands, for what ever reasons, sometimes given no choice by the described duties or by the job Descriptions, 'preferences or the choices of deaths'
in Vietnam, in Haiti, in Afghanistan, in Siriya, in Gulf Zone, in Kuwait, During WW1, WW2 our people (that i describe in this essay) or your people died not in their Mother Lands but in a land where you don't called the land 'Mother Land'. The countries that agrees to certain terms or conditions , a group of soldiers, armed persons of a member country of a certain Allie , Coalition faces such deaths. history is evidenced. i do not know how much died (?) when IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) was here, after the agreement signed.
some Media War Reporting Personalities who were in the areas outside to their Mother Lands working had to die before any terror group or during the processes of reporting. Some received only a
video created with their voices or statements issued by people responsible for the deaths. This note is about the individuals gone missing or dead in the areas where there is a war going on against terrorism. ( recent News)
some of our workers died in the Middle East.In Lebanon for instance. Some received compensation from the Kuwait or those who worked their, for the lives affected by the war in the country.
During the Struggles of Independence, during the Period of the English, Kandyan Kingdom, 'Ehelepola disawa, King Rajasinghe etc were sent to other Islands imprisoning them there, and were not meant to die in the land they were born but in a land very strange or unknown to them.
when ever you need, you can pick and choose examples from any where of this world to describe both Birth and death, its stories, the nature of deaths.
Facets of Death cannot be described in single page or in a single book or in a single essay .............