curse of the D' Andrados
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When Manuel D'Andrado went with the Dutch to capture Jaffna from the Portuguese, there was an attempted coup, where several people were hung, drawn, quartered and their bodies exhibited as an example. Baldaeus reports this in graphic detail in his book 'A Description of Ceylon'. One of those thus killed was Louis Poothathamby, a Tamil.
His descendents were angry with Don Manuel D'Andrado and many years later a play was produced called 'Poothathamby Nadagam' and became well known. According to this play Don Manuel had an eye for Poothathamby's wife and was spurned by her. In revenge Don Manuel implicated Poothathamby in the coup, and got him killed.
The women in the 'Pootha' household would attend the kovil and wipe the floor with their long tresses, calling for a curse on the D'Andrados, for them to be wiped out in seven generations.
In the play Manuel was killed by an elephant on his way back to Colombo. However this is all make believe as many references are made to Don Manuel in later years. The main authentic refutation of this is found in “The Memoirs of Ryckloff Van Goens”, written five years later, in 1663 (Reimers’ Tr.). Van Goens, the outgoing Dutch Governor recommends to his successor in office, both Don Manuel d’ Andrado and Don Louis d’Andrado. This is what he writes of Don Manuel: Don Manuel d’Andrado is lately, returned from Jaffnapattam, and although ‘he has not acquitted himself to my entire satisfaction, Your Excellency may well employ him again on account of his knowledge of Pasdun Korale, but he is prodigiously arrogant.
See the Reference section, Baldaeus 'A Description of Ceylon' and C. Brito 'Yalpana-Vaipava-Malai' for a full account of this interesting story.