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About the Book

This large and lavishly produced hardcover book (measuring 10.5 inches by 12.5 inches) contains 272 pages and includes more than 300 compelling photographs. The first edition of this spectacular book is limited to just 1,200 copies. There is also a limited edition slipcase version of the book. It includes a signed 13x19 print of the elephant photo used on the book's cover. This edition is limited to just 24 sets.

The chapters include photographs, illustrations and accompanying text detailing:

  The Life and Death of the Buddha
The Sacred Tooth Relic and the Temple of the Holy Tooth
The Hindu Devales
City Life in Kandy
The Kandy Esala Perahera
The Kataragama Devale and the Kavadi
Pilgrims and Prayer
The Tourists
The Elephants



Comments from around the world...

"This book is a testament to our people and our culture. Through his dedication, Mr. Sarnacki has captured our national pageant with amazing photographs and a beautifully written text. I support this wonderful project and urge others to also."
Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka Ambassador to the United States of America.

"Thank you for sharing your photos and text from the Kandy Esala Perahera manuscript. I am impressed by the obvious time and energy that you have devoted to this project. The photos are stunning... Your work without question deserves to be published. Even in its current state, it already appears to be one of the finest photographic works on Sri Lanka anywhere."
Stephen C. Berkwitz, Department of Religious Studies, Missouri State University.

"AMAZING!!!! What an incredible journey! Thanks for sharing this."
Greg Fisher, Delta Air Lines

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Press Coverage...

Crains Detroit: 17 years in the making, local photographer's self-published book of images from Sri Lanka sees light of day!
In his nearly 40 years as a professional photographer with clients ranging from Hallmark Cards to Compuware, Michael Sarnacki has always made time for personal projects. But none of them was as ambitious as the book he recently finished after 17 years of work, with help from Kickstarter... Read the full story here.

MyWMU… In the Land of Elephants
"In Kandy, Sri Lanka there is a festival called the Kandy Esala Perahera that dates back at least 600 years—and a Bronco has captured it for the world to see. Michael Sarnacki first traveled to Sri Lanka in 1995 and has since made ten additional journeys…" Read the full story here.

Ceylon Today
"The firing of cannons, lashing of whips, beating of drums, the flickering flame of torches drawing images that look like a dance of the light fairies on the lake below indicates the approach of a magnificent procession. Along come the dancers, stilt walkers, fire eaters, fire dancers, and majestic elephants dressed in all their finery." Read the full story here.

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
"As Kandy resounds with the sights and sounds of the Esala Perahera , Kumudini Hettiarachchi speaks to Michael Sarnacki of Michigan whose love affair with Kandy from the mid-90s has resulted in a book on the story of the annual pageant." Read the full story here.



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