Our ancestors used “sekkuwa” (The Oil Expeller) to grind coconuts to produce oil out of them.The root “Sekkuwa” runs more than 300 years back and a village called Sekkupitiya.But now there is no Sekkuwa to be seen in the village due to urbanization.
Sekkuwa was at most of the coastal houses in the ancient Sri Lanka and they added extra residential beauty. At present, Sri Lanka younger generation and foreigners who visit Sri Lanka can rarely find an actual operational sekkuwa.
The mechanic of how sekkuwa functions, though simple, is a complex technology that was an outstanding evidence of our ancestors technological knowledge. They placed dried coconut in a mortar where a pestle was set to another plank which they tied around a neck of an bull with ropes. Then they made the bull to run around the mill which made the liver operate inside the mill producing oil out of the coconut placed in the mortar.
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