The small wire-mesh cages you can see standing on Sigiriya’s Lion Platform were built as a refuge in the event of bee attacks – several of which have occurred in recent years despite efforts (using a mixture of chemicals and exorcism rituals) to evict the offending insects from their nests, which can be seen clinging to the underside of the rock overhang above, to the left of the stairs. Local Buddhist monks claim that such attacks are divine retribution resulting from the impious behaviour of visiting tourists.

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