Hailing from the sunny island of Sri lanka, an ancient, almost forgotten martial art known as Angampora still exists. It uses self-defence, combat techniques, sport, exercise and meditation as part of its practice. Angampora is distinct and known for permanently paralyzing and inflicting pain through the use of pressure point attacks. Use of weapons is discretionary and in most cases the boundaries of the fight are predefined before combat begins.
Sri Lankan folklore traces Angampora as far back as 3,000 years ago, with the Yaksha tribe, one of the ancient tribes that inhabited the island, as the originators of this art form.
During times of war in ancient times, elite warriors were equipped with sophisticated body armors that gave them protection from lethal weapons such as arrows, swords, and spears. Heavier, more complex types of armor were reserved for the most senior of fighters, and regular soldiers were clad in lighter armor.
This collection highlights some of the body armor used during combat.