It is not wrong to say that there are huge number of articles and reference about Duwa, the village of passion play written over the past. Not only in our country, but also the rest of the world have written and read about this passion play in Duwa that runs back for 400 years.
According to the evidence, It can be conformed that the sacred statue of Christ in Duwa is more than 170 years old to date. It is believed, that this life size statue was brought into the village in 1839.This also reveals that there was once a tradition throughout the world that use statues to resemble the passion of Christ and passion plays were a part of Christian life.There are about a dozen of Christian Catholic cities and villages along the west coast of Sri Lanka. The only question that comes into my mind is that why, with having all these places, the passion of Christ was deep rooted in Duwa, Negombo?
Comparing with other villages, Duwa is tiny as the palm of my hand. And I believe that this is the main reason that Duwa community is living a better and stronger Christian life than any other. The deep belief, independent self governing and simple life as fishermen, and not having extra forces effecting the life led this community to grow in faith and trust on God and Christ and were always under the protection of mother Mary. The Duwa village itself is so religious, that it seems like the Nazareth home is converted into a village.
There is not a single moment that you don’t see anyone inside the church. On the way to work and the way back home, every single person in this village step in to the church. With having the miraculous statue or without it, they did go to church and it’s a part of their daily life. When the statue was in Duwa they went more times and spend hours praying. And this led the statue of Christ to be a part of their life.
Even I was once served as the head priest in Duwa. In 1939, I was blessed enough to be able to take part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the miraculous statue of Christ. Since the very first day of my service, I was able to notice that the people in Duwa have demonstrated a different lifestyle comparing the other cities and villages. The old and young’s are all not only keen about them, but also are keen on God. Their life was so blend into the passion of Christ and it clearly visible that the Christ living in their lives. Because it is a small village, everyone lived together as one. At least one from each family is played a role in passion play and that also had led this village to live in peace. Even thou there were few problems aroused due to us being humans, the Passion play were able to overcome this little issues and gather entire community as one. The entire village comes together and acts as a one big family during the Passover.
I have never seen this much of faith and bond with God in any other Christian catholic village here in Sri Lanka. I have never mentioned anything about the history of Duwa Passion play in article. That is because the whole world knows about it. But everything I have said here about this village has not been told by anyone or at anyplace before. This is a result of a research that I have done for years. I have also found out that any person has his life blend into the Christian life shall walk on a steady path towards the future. And improving the abilities as such will allow you to receive the blessings of the Christian body.
By saying this, I’m not implying that the Duwa community will end up as saints. But I say to you that a real Christian should always blend the life of Christ into them. The meaning of life is to make it a success. If this life does not have a use to either you or anyone else, then it’s darker than the life of an animal. Man was made almost similar to a life of an angel. And for that reason it is a good thing to live a great life. And Duwa community has this great life.
Most of the Christians in Sri Lanka like to watch Duwa traditional passion play. Some out of devotion and some wanted to see what was written in books. And this is a good thing.