Study on the decisive factors of ownership of the land occupied by traders adjoining to the sacred sites and related impediments (Special reference to Kataragama Sacred zone in Sri Lanka)
It is a common feature that devotions originated from diverse religious backgrounds in the world used to transit to religious sites. Also, an emergence of business cultures within encroached land adjoining to the sacred places is a widespread occurrence and such initiatives are merged with local communities. In concern with Sri Lankan setting, one can see that majority of sacred ares are Buddhists oriented while more or less numbers of other religious sites and Kataragama sacred area which is based on this study is a multi-religious site. A plentiful area of findings could be asserted through this study such as; the nature of the ownership of land of the business community running trade actions in this religious site as their livelihoods, any prescribed factors compelled them to decide ownership of the land acquired, the nature of background of the said factors, and the influential factors compelling the businessmen to protract the ownership of acquired blocks of land. The selected sample of the study is consisted by 75 males and females out of those who could affirm any kind of ownership for the block of land. In concern with the process followed in data gathering and under the primary source of information, the study team followed; Questionnaires, informal interviews, observations, case studies and access targeted groups. The analysis of quantifiable data / charts and Tables were attended through software’s named “SPSS and Excel and the qualitative data analysis was attended through a detailed approach. A piercing factor disclosed during the study was the prevalence of competitive ownership for land in this consecrated area while also creating certain social problems too. Since, the ongoing impediments can grow up to a social menace it would be appropriate to establish and implement a mechanism to regulate asymmetrical business culture prevailing within or adjoined sacred areas in order to restrain the social problems being speeded by sub cultural groups.
Samarakoon MT. Study on the decisive factors of ownership of the land occupied by traders adjoining to the sacred sites and related impediments (Special reference to Kataragama Sacred zone in Sri Lanka). International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 5, 2018, Pages 68-75