Devil dance in Sri Lanka © Jerzy Strzelecki
Devil dance in Sri Lanka © Jerzy Strzelecki

The Sinhala community of Sri Lanka is characterised by unique magic practices involving a realm of spirits. The God of Gods (or Devati Deva) is Lord Buddha, followed by the Gods (or Devi Davatas) and then other supernatural entities, like Yakkas, Rakshas, Nagas, and powerful spirits, such as Pretayas, Bahiravayas, Bhutayas, Holmanas and Avatharas.