CINMENA Secretary Patrick David Harrigan is a comparative religious scholar, author-photographer, publisher, and supporter of the Yezidi cause. He has lived for 25 years in the Indian subcontinent since 1970 and is conversant in German, Hindi-Urdu, Nepali, Tamil, and Sinhala. His undergraduate and master’s studies were in Asian languages and Religious Studies at the University of Michigan, followed by further post-graduate studies at the University of California-Berkeley and at the University of Madras.
Patrick Harrigan is the author and publisher of numerous articles and websites that showcase the role of mythology in ancient religious beliefs and practices, especially concerning the pan-Indian war-god Skanda-Murugan and his multi-religious shrine in Kataragama, Sri Lanka.
Patrick Harrigan studied sacred geography and allied subjects under the tutorship of German Swami Gauribala from 1971 until 1984. In 1972 he walked Pada Yatra from Jaffna to Kataragama with German Swami and from 1988 until 2007 he walked annually from Trincomalee as the Kataragama Devotees Trust’s Pada Yatra field representative. Since 1989 he has been acting editor of the Kataragama Research Publications Project.
Since the late 1980’s he has helped to found and sustain Cultural Survival of Sri Lanka dedicated to promoting the viewpoints and interests of Sri Lanka’s traditional villagers, including the island’s shy forest-dwelling Veddas or Wanniyalaeto. He created and directed the Sri Lanka Children’s Trust from 2005-2009 as a response to the 2014 Tsunami.
Patrick Harrigan has been serving the Provisional Government of Ezidikhan since October 29th, 2014 when he met on short notice with the Baba Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismail in Washington DC. Since 2014 he has served as Secretary of the Yezidi Sanatana Dharma Society responsible for all CINMENA and Ezidikhan publications. Most recently he served as head of CINMENA’s Board of Editors.
Patrick Harrigan is the publisher of and is solely responsible for the content of these related websites:
- Cultural Survival Trust of Sri Lanka
- Living Heritage of Sri Lanka
- and other websites.
Published Research Articles
- Harrigan, Patrick. “Kataragama’s Holistic Orientation: An example of Oriental Cosmography”
- Harrigan, Patrick. “Cosmography of Lanka Down the Ages” from Sri Lanka and the Silk Road of the Sea published by UNESCO (Colombo: 1990)
- Harrigan, Patrick. “Sri Lanka’s Indigenous Wanniya-laeto: A Case History” Report to Sri Lanka’s National Committee for the International Year of the World’s Indigenous People (Colombo: 1993)
- Harrigan, Patrick. “Dionysus and Kataragama: Parallel Mystery Cults” Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies, Vol. XIV No. 2 March 1997, pp. 1-28.
- Harrigan, Patrick. “Kailasa to Kataragama: Sacred Geography in the cult of Skanda-Murukan” Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies, Vol. XV No. 2 March 1998, pp. 33-52.
Read Patrick’s curriculum vitae.
Patrick Harrigan resides in Gainesville, Florida where he is an avid if unexceptional member of the Inisheer Irish Dancers and committed advocate of traditional attire, music, dances, lifestyles and points of view, as well as the gentle martial art of aikido.
Contact CINMENA Secretary Patrick Harrigan at: email@example.com