6 July, 2022

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Is Sri Lanka A Sinhala-Buddhist Country?

By Hema Senanayake

Hema Senanayake

After Mangala Samaraweera recently retorted bluntly that Sri Lanka is not a Sinhala-Buddhist Country, it created a public discourse. Many blamed him and a few praised him for his boldness. I opted to disagree with him, not because I want to go with the tide but because his position does not lead to any meaningful conclusive determination of the issue.

Any community living in Sri Lanka must have the right to identify with their particular ethno-religious identity. If someone like Venerable Mawarelle Bhaddiya says that he is a Sinhala-Buddhist monk, what does it mean? It means that he is proud to identify in that way. He is proud because with that identity he upholds certain virtues which would be respected by even non Sinhala-Buddhist around the world. He accepts the well-being of other non-Sinhala-Buddhist communities living in Sri Lanka. He has utmost passion for those communities.

So it is great that if certain group of lay individuals who have similar virtues, identify as Sinhala-Buddhists and if they are the majority then they can rightly say that this country is a Sinhala-Buddhist country. It brings reputation for this country. Around the world Sri Lanka will be considered as the best livable place in earth. Will such image good for the county? Of course it is. This is not what is happening today.

Also there are a small group of people and politicians who say that they are Sinhala-Buddhists. When they say that how do they feel? Do they feel animosity towards other communities? If they do, they are not Sinhala-Buddhists. They bring shame to our beloved country. They bring disrepute to our country. Their actions make our respectable Sinhala-Buddhist youths to hate living in this country and go abroad. We must change this mindset right now.

Yes. This country is a Sinhala-Buddhist country. Similarly, this is the country of Sinhala-Christians too. This is the country of Sri Lankan Tamils too. This is the country of Sri Lankan Muslims too. But this is not the country for terrorists and separatists.

All communities must have the right to be proud about their ethno-religious identity if they wish to do so. If we deny that right to Sinhala-Buddhists, then how we can accept the rights of other communities.

If any minority can proudly identify with their ethno-religious identity in Sri Lanka that intimates the social virtuousness of Sinhala-Buddhists being the majority community. Nothing else. What is important is, there are no second class citizens in Sri Lanka and there is one common law for everybody.

Mathematically, Sri Lanka is a well-defined set of elements; under any circumstances element will never become the set. Certain things can be well understood by mathematics.

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    Thank you Hema.

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      Since Sinhala-Buddhists are the majority, they believe that the whole country belongs only to them. Similarly, the Tamils believe that since they are the majority in the North and East, they are the sole owners of the North-East region. The Sinhalese believe that the whole country belongs to them and the Tamils believe that one-third of the country (two-thirds of the coast) belongs to them. Such belief is instilled in the sub-conscious minds of the Sinhalese and Tamils right from birth for many decades which cannot be changed.

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        Citizen

        It is true that the Sinhalese and the Tamils are brainwashed to believe in what you have correctly mentioned.

        Once upon a time this would have been a Dravidian land, much before the father of the Sinhala nation Vijay arrived from Sinhapura (Odisha) and established a Sinhala race. After Buddhism was introduced from Dambadiva by Asoka, this would have been a Sinhala-Buddhist country in the past but not anymore. Today Sri Lanka does not belong to any one religion or ethnicity. Today, Sri Lanka belongs to all the linguistic, ethnic, religious, and ideological groups who have become citizens of the Sri Lankan state and who are therefore known all over the world as ‘Sri Lankans’. In today’s context, it is foolish if the Sinhalese claim that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhists country because they are the majority or there is no other country for them and it is also foolish if the Tamils claim that North & East is Tamil State just because they are the majority in the North & East or there is no other country for Ceylon Tamils. The Sri Lankan Muslims also do not have any other country but Sri Lanka. The basic fact is, Sri Lanka is not a Sinhala Country or a Tamil Country anymore. Today it is a Multi-ethnic/religious country.

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        “Is Sri Lanka A Sinhala-Buddhist Country?”

        Why is this soooooo important now?

        The Rajapakes fed and nourished Muslim terror-outfit’s Easter massacre is now in the backburner …….. and this is pushed to the forefront!

        While Ranil walks around with a mouthful of pittu muttering imbecilic platitudes about Vesak ………. Rajapakses’ ill-gotten loot is keeping Cambridge Analytica and their ilk buzzing the social media with these nonsense.

        Just read now, how in Australia the Labor party was piped at the post by the other side by clever manipulation of social media and how one prof (Bela Stantic) predicted it. ……… The conclusion is all the traditional pre-polling were way off and those methods are now redundant.

        Western-attired Ranil and the UNP are pre-historic in the use of social-media and all the propaganda mod-cons ………. while the national-attired country bumpkins the Rajapakses are light years ahead

        It’s going to be a cakewalk for Gota ………. just watch ……….. even the Muslims and the Tamils are going to vote for him.

        Ranil is dead meat; he won’t be able to even say he is contesting, he’ll be laughed off ……………I’m no fan, but right now Fonseka is the only candidate who can give the Rajapakse-side a run for their money

        Then Fonseka and Gota will do a deal and rule together ………. and Mahinda will help Ranil to wash down his pittu with coffee

        And another day goes by in paradise. ………. Where people will be still arguing if it’s a Sinhala-Buddhist country or not.

        And to end the misery ol’ nimal fernando will put his hand up and confirm it’s a Sinhalese-Buddhist country ………. and lo and behold every man woman beast and nondescript of the land will be filled with immense joy and the country will overflow with milk and honey

        And everyone will live happily ever after.

        fin.

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      Hems Senanayake,

      Sinhala Buddhists live in Sri Lanka, a Majority, and therefore it is a Sinhala Buddhist Country. However, Sri Lanka is not an exclusively Sinhala Buddhist Country. That is what Mangala Samaraweera probably meant.

      Notwithstanding the above comment, all those excluding the Native Veddah Aethho are Paras with their unproven Para beliefs.

      Have any Para been Reborn, Home to Heaven, Hell or Purgatory ? No conclusive reports so far.

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      Well said Hon. Minister Mangala Samaraweera!

      Sri Lanka has ONE LAW and that applies to every citizen. Lest we forget this applies ONLY to the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). We have separate CIVIL LAWS for the different ethnic communities for land alienation, marriage, divorce, inheritance, etc.

      The day we have separate laws for the Sinhalese Buddhists, providing superiority status, then we could call this a Sinhalese Buddhist country, until then Sri Lanka will remain a country for SRI LANKANS and if any citizen does not like like to hear it, he or she has the Indian Ocean all around us and they could go jump in it.

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    People in the West too believe in their religious/ethnic/cultural/political identities , but they dont go around reminding it on a daily basis. The constitution which gives the rights to express their identities , gives the same right to every citizen to do the same. The same constitution also has taken enough precautions in preventing suppression. In Lanka ?????. Today Gotha has officially confirmed his candidacy to Al-Jazzera. I hear one of main suspect closely involved in the Easter carnage was arrested . He is a CURRENT SLPP Municipal Council member.So the answer to your question will be reconfirmed after elections.The vicious cycle has taken its momentum.

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    “It brings reputation for this country. Around the world Sri Lanka will be considered as the best livable place in earth. Will such image good for the county? Of course it is. This is not what is happening today.”
    Rather a contradictory statement, isn’t it Mr. Senanayake?
    If SL is such a “best lovable place on earth”, why are even Sinhala Buddhists running away at the first chance they get? Clearly Sinhala Buddhism (NOT Buddhism) is the problem. The relationship between Sinhala Buddhism and real Buddhism is the same as that between Wahabbi Islam and the rest.
    Take your head out of the sand.

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      Old codger,
      Yes.

      Sinhala Buddhism is to Buddhism, what Wahhabism is to Islam. They all follow Mara, Devil, Satan, Iblis, and love death and destruction.

      Ask the Tamils. Ask the Muslims. Ask the Shia. Ask the Sufis.Ask the Ahmedias. They will all confirm that.

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    Every person who claims that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country is expressing his conscious or subconscious belief that religion and politics should be inseparable bed partners. Why should religion be part of politics? Why should we follow the horrible example of Saudi Arabia?

    Being proud of one’s language and religion is all right, just as one is fond of one’s parents, but that is a personal thing and there is no need at all to put in the Constitution.

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    Considering how CURSED it is at least since independence it should be. The land of the Budha and the home of the Stupid.

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    There is no doubt that this is a Sinhala Buddhist country, but the majority must prove that they are following Buddhism. Rape, murder, suicide, robbery, looting, ill treatment of parents, robbing state property, bribery, cheating, and many more vices which may be the highest in the world are not tolerated in Buddhism. Then what is the example our Buddhists are giving the world??? This is a matter that must be given serious thought.

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      “There is no doubt that this is a Sinhala Buddhist country”

      How come the Sinhalese who came as immigrants from India (both North and South) and brought Buddhism from India claim to own the whole island as their own country? What about the Tamils who came as immigrants from India (South) and brought Hinduism from India and the Muslims who came as immigrants from Arabia and brought Islam from Arabia and the Burghers who came as immigrants from Europe and brought Christianity from Europe. All of them are immigrants and all the four major religions practiced in the island were brought from outside. The ONLY original sole owner of the island is the aboriginal Veddha.

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        Citizen,
        “How come the Sinhalese who came as immigrants from India (both North and South) and brought Buddhism from India claim to own the whole island as their own country?”

        Because Demalu keep on saying that Sinhalayo came from India, I have been trying to find out a place in India where Sinhala language is spoken but so far I have not been able to find such a place. If Sinhalayo came from India and unless Demalu massacred without any trace, there should be a place where Sinhala speaking people live, Sinhala culture and traditions exist. If you say that Sinhalayo came from India, could you please let me know from which place.

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          Eagle

          You don’t need to suffer and strain your brain at this old age, just read your own Mahavamsa, simple!

          It says, Sinhabahu’s grandson Vijay and his men were criminal convicts who were exiled from Hindustan, Sinhapura (Orissa). Their boat came and landed in the Dravidian country called Lanka. This Indian Vijay’s descendants were called Sihala. Later, the Indian King Asoka converted all of them to Buddhism. Everything is Indian. Today, Sinhala is a lost tribe in India.

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            Citizen,
            “Their boat came and landed in the Dravidian country called Lanka.”

            Are you refuting Bengali historians who say Vijoy Sinh landed in Seeholdeep.

            “Today, Sinhala is a lost tribe in India.”
            According to fake Demala historians?

            Stop writing this cock and bull stories.

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              Eagle
              All what you are saying is nothing but pure crap. Read your Mahavamsa without inventing stories from thin air. It clearly says, Vijay arrived from Sinhapura (India) and established the Sinhala race. Your forefather Vijay and his men are Indian thugs. Later, Buddhism was introduced from India by King Asoka. Sinhala-Buddhist is nothing but Indian. However much you deny, it is the fact clearly demonstrated in your own Mahavamsa which you cannot erase. Sinhala and Buddhism are both Indian by origin. 75% of the Sinhalese came very much later (from time to time) from South India and got converted to Sinhala. For the low caste Hindus (untouchables) of South India, crossing over to Sri Lanka and becoming a Buddhist was a great thing, their low caste identity will immediately vanish. That is how the Sinhalayo became a majority in Sri Lanka. The majority of the Sinhalese are South Indian Dalit who got converted.

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              Eagle
              All what you are saying is nothing but pure crap. Read your Mahavamsa without inventing stories from thin air. It clearly says, Vijay arrived from Sinhapura (India) and established the Sinhala race. Your forefather Vijay and his men are Indian thugs. Later, Buddhism was introduced from India by King Asoka. Sinhala-Buddhist is nothing but Indian. However much you deny, it is the fact clearly demonstrated in your own Mahavamsa which you cannot erase. Sinhala and Buddhism are both Indian by origin. 75% of the Sinhalese came very much later (from time to time) from South India and got converted to Sinhala. For the low caste Hindus (untouchables) of South India, crossing over to Sri Lanka and becoming a Buddhist was a great thing, their low caste identity will immediately vanish. That is how the Sinhalayo became a majority in Sri Lanka. The majority of the Sinhalese are South Indian Dalit who got converted. Check you DNA, you are definitely one of them.

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      Candid

      As per our history, brutishness, bestiality, incest, patricide and profligacy, were the stuff of our origin. Among the 194 rulers of Sri Lanka, 60 became king by murdering the predecessor, 53 became king by murdering a male sibling, 30 military men became king by murdering the reigning king, 5 became king by murdering their own father, 1 doorman became king by murdering the king, 1 queen killed her husband to take over the kingdom, 13 kings were killed in battle, and 11 kings were overthrown by their successors. Furthermore, we are historically a country full of frauds, thugs, criminals, rouges, rowdies, drunkards, rapists, murderers and racists, barbarians masquerading as Buddhists. On the other hand, the colonials identified us as foolish, lazy, violent, racist, hateful, jealous and mean spirited. Does that enhance our self-esteem or make us feel greatly embarrassed and deeply humiliated?

      Sri Lanka never gave birth to philosophers like Buddha, Confucius, and Aristotle or Spiritual leaders like Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Jelaluddin Rumi or principled human rights activists and politicians of rare caliber & ethic like Mahatma Ghandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King…… that other countries can be proud.

      Continued…

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        The entire Sri Lankan civilization was built with Indian ideas/influence of technology, languages, religions, culture, rituals, medicines, attire, arts, culinary, etc., etc., nothing original or native to Sri Lanka. Our people mixed with everything that landed on the Sri Lankan shores. Our history is filled with Vijay (banished profligate son of an incestuous marriage), Dushta or Dutta Gamani (fanatic-racist invader), Kasyapa (patricide), Saradiel (thug), Anagarika (Sinhala supremacist), JR (racist politician), Mahinda (political crook), Gotabaya (white van criminal) and a moronic citizenship that considers these same scum bags as their hero’s. Nothing to be surprised, 2500 years of ‘Buddhism’ in Sri Lanka did not make any major changes in our society in terms of attitude, character, behavior, and morality. We hide behind a heavy veil of pseudo Buddhism involving in rituals (much of which are copied from Dravidian Hindu practices) than the true wisdom and practice that Buddha preached. This pseudo Buddhist card is used as an ace to hide the fact that this citizenry is still actually uncivilized.

        Therefore, even when a change of governance occurs based on a change for explicit principles to eliminate corruption, good governance, human rights, justice to victims of state criminality, eliminating impunity and utter arrogance in the rule of law, recognizing the right of minority culture, language, identity, religion, and territory….. One cannot expect much change because historically we have been a nation of bastards.

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          Well said…Sri Lankan, living in US. I reckon you are a rare breed.

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          A Sri Lankan,

          So I am not the only one who has been deeply researching the Mahawansaya!

          Refreshing to note.

          Now if only the rabid racists in this forum who are just howling like the dingos in the Australian desert – proudly thumping on their chests- proud to be a Sinhala Buddhists – do the research – they will see the list you provide is authentic – straight from that epic poem that chronicled the history of Sri Lanka.

          The list: “Among the 194 rulers of Sri Lanka, 60 became king by murdering the predecessor, 53 became king by murdering a male sibling, 30 military men became king by murdering the reigning king, 5 became king by murdering their own father, 1 doorman became king by murdering the king, 1 queen killed her husband to take over the kingdom, 13 kings were killed in battle, and 11 kings were overthrown by their successors..”

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        A Sri Lankan,
        How they did is immaterial for Sinhalayo. What is important for native Sinhalayo is we have a documented history to prove that Sinhalayo lived in this country and Sinhala Kings ruled this country.
        Demalu are jealous of Mahawansa because as Jane Russel points out “The Ceylon Tamils had no written document on the lines of the Mahavamsa to authenticate their singular and separate historical authority in Sri Lanka, a fact which Ceylon Tamil communalists found very irksome”. (Russel, Jane: Communal Politics under the Donoughmore Constitution, Tisara Prakasakayo, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, 1982. p.131)

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    Quite simply…”MySriLanka is not a Sinhala country or a Tamil country or an English country.

    It is not a Buddhist country or a Hindu country or a Muslim country or a Christian country or a country belonging or dedicated to any one single religion, or ethnicity.

    MySriLanka is not a Sinhala Buddhist country and belongs to Sinhala Muslims, Sinhala Christians, Sinhala Hindus and Sinhala Buddhists and to Tamil Muslims, Tamil Christians, Tamil Hindus and Tamil Buddhists and to English Muslims, English Christians, English Hindus and English Buddhists as well as to all other linguistic, religious and ideological groups with their historical and cultural backgrounds who have become citizens of the Sri Lankan State, and who are therefore known as all over the world as “Sri Lankans”.

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    Its the only Sinhalese country. Most Sinhalese are Buddhist. Therefore……..he is playing politics trying to appear to be the modern Robert Westernthinking.

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    Mangala has balls that other Politicians and Religious leaders don’t have. Will we see the day when people will walk around with a label on their forehead.

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    France has 5.7m Muslims about 7.5% of its population. Is France a Christian country?

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    Though i am a hindu,i don’t want india to call itself a hindu country.It is a insult to the balance 20 per cent who are not hindus,giving the impression they don’t belong to the country.I don’t mind india calling itself a hindu majority country,cos it is one of three,nepal and mauritious being the other two.

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    My blood boils when I see this donkey hold a karaduwa in his donkey hands. He shouldve been banned from all Buddhist events when he grabbed a buddha statue by its neck.

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    You are talking nonsense by saying best coutry to live earth. Yes for Sinhalese by harming, looting and insulting other minorities on a daily basis. Some maniacs gets something out of it. Sri Lanka has become a hell for Tamils, Muslims and Christians.
    It is not a Sinhala Bhudist country but belongs to Vaddas. Please think out of the box.

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    If you go through north Indian adivasi’s languages Lanka means the place surrounded by water. in Sinhala It is called “Doova” Martin wickramasingha correctly used that world to name is famous book ” Madol Doova ” Isle surrounded by Water. Walmeki Author of Ramayanaya took that Adivasi name to describe Island Just below Indian subcontinent.Greek Marine traders who visited our shores to trade with Chinese marine traders named Island as ” Trarobene” meaning Thunhelay. Syrians who came here to do trading with Chinese & Islanders for Oracle for Iron named it as Sive helay . Egyption used same name Sive helay. Oldest pop song sung by fisher men called it “Helay”. That means in good old days in BCE era four different tribes lived here in Island called Helay. Islanders were sive helayans letter it become Sinhalay. Like it or not it is the truth. Chinese old Dynasties records too confirm it. Buddhism came here much later in Asoken Era in India…But local Inhabitant worshiped places lord Buddha stayed. Created foot print in place where Lord Buddha preached locals by standing. craftsman’s entire family died while bring him dinner. he too sacrificed his life jumping in to same place after finishing his work. As such original inhabitants of this Island called Helay was sinhalese.. Latter they become buddhists. as such This Island belong to Sive helayans or Sinhalese. As such this is Sinhalese Buddhist Land. Sinhalay.

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      If you go through north Indian ancient languages, since the North Indians hated Ravana they named his Island in a derogatory term ‘Lanka’ (India’s loin cloth). In their manuscripts, with due respect to the Indian undergarment/loincloth the ‘Lankot’ (it should be considered the geophysical position of Lanka is located in the genital position of India and looks like India’s loin cloth – Lankot). Instead of being ashamed to perceive of the disparaging name endowed on them, rather the foolish ‘Sinhalese’ people felt manumitted from the ‘Sinhala’ label and were overjoyed to enjoy their new identity ‘Lanka’ within their proud bosom ever after.

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        Indian can use any name but our name is sive-helay latter become sinhaley.We never talked about lion coat or Vijaya. We talk only on four tribes 3 lot from south east Africa & one from central India. Yes as per legend Vijaya brought lion coat to make fear among tribal clans as per Kuvani’s instructions. Vijaya from north east India. When his father chased him out with his friends he came to Visaka patnam first & traveled to Gujarat by land root. Found lion coat & came here. He knew sea roots & land roots well as he was a sea pirates robbing Chinese, Yeman, Egyption, Greeks Roman vessels. that came to Godavaya & galle ports mainly. Some times colombo port as well. We know Sinhalay name was not derived from lion. It is sive hela. four tribes land. Sive hela latter become sinhalay. Lanka is the north Indian tribal name for land surrounded by water. In sinhala it is called Doova. What is your complain Sparrow ?????????????????

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          I say Ranjit
          You should move to India.
          They are minting money by producing movies and tele-serials that make fantastic spicy achchaaru of history and even mythology.
          This is your opportunity.

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          Sparrow Brain Ranjith,

          “Sinhalay name was not derived from lion. It is sive hela. Sive hela latter become sinhalay.”

          I would like to ask you that from where do you get this concept of sive (four) hela? Can you present any piece of evidence to show that the concept of sive hela used anywhere in our literature or any of the ancient inscriptions. As I know there is no any rule in Sinhala grammar to derive sive+hela to sinhalay. If it is so Kave+pela should become Kanpela, Pav+hala should become panhala or pansala. Your derivation from sive+hela to sinhalay is juat like to say “mannen kotannenuy mannokka”.

          You have already become a big joker in this forum, everybody have taken you to be a laughing stock, free entertainment…

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            Yes that is correct. Did I say so ??? . Lakmal when country’s name is pronounced people do it the way they want it. Do you know any Bantu language ????.If not no point in talking.

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      Bird brain ranjiyo,
      Makkuwas ? Are those the creatures that live in the seat cushions at the MC cinema? Didn’t know you were related

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    vedda means people who gone to bedda or jungle for living. Vedda is ELU word meaning gone or went. As such vedda or vannila aththo are relatives of people who lived in coastal line in good old days. All were descendants of makkuva tribes We Sinhalese are not descendants of fucking Indians. Yes we have great obligation to Norh Indians. That is Introduction of Buddhism here. That is All. Our traditions & rituals are very much in line with Makkuva tribes live in Mozambique east coast Latter our ancestors mixed up with Austronesian.

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      Ranjith Sparrow

      Your ancestors were not Makkuva tribes of Mozambique, they were Mukkuva of South India (Kochi and Thoothukuddy). They were from the coastal regions of the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They are traditionally occupied in fishing and conch shell & pearl diving. In South India they belong to the Karayar caste, in Sri Lanka they call them Karava. When your grandfather told you that you are from the Mukkuva, you have mistaken it for Makkuva. You better look at the people (Mukkuva) of Kochi and Thoothukuddy, they look very similar to you and your parents whereas if you look at the Makkuva tribes of Mozambique, they look completely different. All the Karava of Sri Lanka are Mukkuva from Kochi and Thoothukuddy. Recheck with your grandfather.

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        Ha…ha……….ha…………..ha………………..ha………………. Mukkuwa were pearl fishing divers.Not sea farars. do you Know That. do you know that south Indians were & are treated as deadly deceased carriers. as such not allowed in to our society at all. Here we have cast called Karrier not Karayar. That may be Tamilised Sinhalese In India no such cast .but Mukkuvas are there. They are Divers not sea farars. Do you know difference between sea divers & Sea farars ???. Karavas main job was to safe guard country from south Indian invaders. Do you know that ? Go and read Abhaya giriya stone scriptures of Valagamba king’s era.. You Muslims are descendants of South Indian refugees. came here for foods & shelter. Do you know that ????. I know very well difference between Makkuwa & Mukkuwa.I know who are Austronesian as well. Have you met & talked to any makkuwa tribe people ? I did with our research team. Do you know Makkuva are not entirely negroid . specially makkuvas in Mozambique east coast. Do you know their language ???? My grand father dead before I was born.as such I could not consult him for our ancestry. Tell me when was Kerala or Kochi created ???. 1000 years ago or more than 1000 years ago. ??? Tell me distance between lakadive Islands and Malabar coast.????

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          Ranji little brain,
          “Tell me when was Kerala or Kochi created ???. 1000 years ago or more than 1000 years ago. ???”
          Tell me also when Mozambique was created? And what is the distance between Dhanushkoki and Talaimannar?

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            yes Mozambique created as a country around 600 years ago. But tribes were there for last 5 or 6 millions years in south east africa. do you know that ?????

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              Ranjit birdbrain,
              “But tribes were there for last 5 or 6 millions years in south east africa. do you know that ?????”
              No I didn’t know that. Homo sapiens has been around for around a million years according to experts. Those who were there 6 million years ago had tails. So you are related to them, you say ? Your tail must be useful when you climb trees . Do you know any monkey languages , Ranjit?

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                Ranjit,
                I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather.
                Really he was so lucky to die before you were born . Did he have a tail too?

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            f….ing Muslim idiot distance is around 25 notical miles.

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              Sparrow Ranji,
              If it is only 25 miles, then it is easier for people to walk from India than fly from Mozambique, no?

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      R
      How did the guys manage to modify their genes to straighten the hair?
      Even the African who came with the Portuguese could not manage it.

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        SJ.
        You know the old story. You are at risk of punishment for arguing with a donkey.

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        Yes Mozambique was Portuguese colony. They created country called Mozambique. That does not mean Tribes of south east Africa created by Portuguese. Makkuva tribes have been there for last 5 or 6 millions years in south east African cost. Do you know that ?? Tell me who are Ancestors of Portuguese ??? African Evolved homo Andithal. Do you know that ??? But they got white skin grey hair. Environment changed them.. nature did the trick. Likewise I am talking about more than 250 thousand years history. not 600 years old history. Who are Australian Aborigines. They too are migrant from Africa. nowhere else.but look at their hair??? Not like negroid likewise environments did the trick.

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    The necessity of the hour is One Sri Lanka. Yes! I enjoy the mathematics of describing the elements of the set of Sri Lanka in terms of social classification of its people. We all know that classification has got better of us to forget that we are citizens of this country to say and do things without any rhyme or reason, very much detrimental to the interests of this country. However correct Mangy boy may be, his utterances at this juncture is irresponsible and amounts to throwing an inflammable material close to a fire. I repeat that as a Cabinet Minister he should have thought well before he speaks. My prayers are with many to regain normalcy within Sri Lanka.

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    A country should remain secular. It is then the people will fell comfortable and build trust. Being proud of an identity is not the issue, but clergy inciting hatred, violence etc. are the problems. Language and religion dont make countries, but good human values does. When are you going to learn.

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    Ranjith

    Before you write the usual crap, do a DNA test to check your ancestry, if it’s not from Bengal or Odissa or south India, then you write all the nonsense about Hela

    The kallathoni vijay Sinha, kumar Sinha, Dampala, Surendra Sinha, who came from Bengal became Sinha la, with the passage of time, and not some stupid story about HELA and SIV.

    Do the DNA test first

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      Concerned citizen,
      Don’t you know that just by doing a DNA test it is not possible to draw a conclusion? Conclusion can be made only through a rigorous research based on an unbiased sample. The DNA research that I have read do not draw a conclusion that Sinhalayo came from India. I appreciate very much if you could let me know a DNA research that has provided solid evidences that Sinhalayo came from India.

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      Yes I did genetic affinity test & found that our close relatives of India is Odia.But my main ancestry is makkuva tribes from east coast of Mozambique. My researchers were Japanese & Australians. as per their findings i wrote my comment here. It was around 37 years ago just after my graduation I joined with this research team as apprentice. .

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        Sparrow Brain Ranjith,

        Go to Google and look at the African Makkuva people of Mozambique. Then, have a look at your mother and sisters, do they look like Negros (black skin, thick lips, curly hair, big Ass and boobs). Now go to Kochi or Thoothukudy (South India) and look at the Mukkuva people (physical features), do they look exactly like your relatives? Your main ancestry is South Indian Kochi or Thoothukudy Karava. You seems to be confused between Mukkuva of South India and Makkuva of Africa. If you like to be a Negroid, go and marry a Makkuva woman from Africa, at least your kids will look like them, and someday your future generation will proudly say we are Makkuva Negros from Mozambique. BTW, did you graduate from the makkuva tribal school in the jungles of Mozambique?

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    What reputation are we talking about, The country has none. Most educated people are leaving.
    Stupidity seems to be in the genes. Failed state in another 5 years, if justice is not done to all people living in the country. I blame the shape mentality , where if the man is buddhist the army looks the other way. Army chief says the soilders not involved in terrorism of destroying mosques and property,when the whole world sees from cctv camra otherwise. The general destruction of property of muslims and no justice was the reason the country had gone back to 1983.

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    Sinhalé (Sri Lanka) is the only mother land of boomiputhra Sinhala-Buddhists. Minorities ( Tamil and Muslins) were brought in for plantation work and Muslims were for spying on Sinhalese by bloody colonialists.
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    Sinhala-Buddhists have built and protected Sinhalé ( Sri Lanka) with their blood and sweat for 3 millennia and made sure only their descents inherent this blessed Island.
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    As the kings wanted, Sinhalé ( Sri Lanka) will remain as the nation of Sinhala jathiya and Buddha Sasanaya until the Sun and the Moon last.
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    Minorities don’t have a future in Sinhalé if they don’t have a will to fully integrate with the sons of soil- Sinhala-Buddhists.

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      John,
      Buddhists live in many countries. Sinhale speaking leave only in Srilanka. There are number of language speaking people live without a country. Tamil speaking people do not have their own country.

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      John,

      The Sinhalese became a majority only after the European Colonials came to Sri Lanka. In the 16th century, the Portuguese and in the 18th century, the Dutch who occupied the island brought in tens of thousands of low caste (Dalit) people from South India (mainly from Cochin/Kochi in the Malabar coast/presently Kerala and from Tutucorin/Thootukudy in the Coromandel Coast/presently Tamil Nadu) and settled them in the Southern parts of the island from Puttalama up to Matara as menial laborers (for growing/peeling cinnamon – today known as Salagama caste, for fishing/pearl diving – today known as Karawa caste, coconut planting/plucking and toddy tapping – today known as Durawa caste, and for many other jobs). Within a few centuries, the Sinhala population in the South (low country) increased exponentially when these people assimilated with the local Sinhala population (Sinhalized) by adopting the Sinhala language/culture and the Buddhist/Christian religion and getting converted to Sinhala Buddhists and Sinhala Catholics to hide their South Indian low caste identity.

      It is well known that the descendants of these low caste South Indians who settled in the Southern parts of Sri Lanka are the most anti-Tamil racists. Today their descendants are not only claiming the ancient Sri Lankan civilization as their own ‘Sinhale’ heritage but have also become the patriots and champions of Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism. They have become distinct, ‘North Indian Sinhabahu’s Lion-blooded Sinhala Aryans’, the Nationalist Patriots and guardians of the country (Sri Lanka) and its Religion (Buddhism) and call themselves the blood relatives of Dutugemunu. If the forefathers of these so called “Sinhaputhra/Boomiputhra of Heladiva” had remained as Tamils, (without assimilating with the Sinhalese) today the Tamils would have been the majority in Sri Lanka or if they had assimilated with the Veddas instead of Sinhalese, today the Veddas would have been considerably a large population in Sri Lanka.

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    What is this fuss about this topic? Sinhalayo who are the native people in Sinhale embraced Buddhism and evolved a unique culture. Even British accepted the foremost position Buddhism held in Sinhale and agreed to protect Buddhism when Kandyan Convention was signed in 1815.
    Hinduism came to Sinhale because of Dravidian invasions and import of Dravidian laborers by colonial rulers. Islam religion came through Muslim traders and got established as a result of giving refuge to Muslims to save them from Portuguese persecution. Christianity was brought by Western colonial rulers and got established due to conversions.

    Is that too much to ask Demalu and Muslims who came from Hindusthan and settled down in this country thanks to kind heartedness of Sinhala Buddhists and Christians who embraced a religion brought by colonial rulers to accept and respect what native Sinhalayo followed for more than 2000 years?

    Ironically aliens to this country do not want to accept what native Sinhalayo established and followed in their country for thousands of years but native Sinhalayo are forced to accept things that they brought like Hindu Kovils, Muslim mosques, ‘Thesawalamei’, ‘Shariah law’, Halal certificate.

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    Sri Lanka is a country – a land mass – which cannot have a race/ethnicity or religion. This land mass we call Sri Lanka is part of planet earth which in turn is a part of the universe.

    The universe has not granted exclusive rights to Sinhala-Buddhists to own this land mass and call it a Sinhala-Buddhist country.

    As Mangala Samaraweera very clearly stated, this country is where ALL Sri Lankans – Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Muslims and other – live, not just Sinhala-Buddhists. Hence it cannot be called a Sinhala-Buddhist country. Period!

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    Can never be Hema. Sinhala Buddhist Elite need the highways, tall buildings, posh weddings, posh cars, big shot hotel foods and entertainment, et al….. Children going to the States to study.

    So, naturally they have to suck up to the minorities for easy money on trees, like Shariah banking.

    Other countries with more naturally derived wealth can be implicit with their ethnic and religious affiliation. But in Motherland, SB’s have to tout it.

    The choices are:

    1. One Lankan race (finger-clapping in successive increases….courtesy Kumar), replete with modern first world amenities + SB’s howling self-determination.

    2. Implicit, dignified, SB rights in the midst of Buddhistic Socialistic values such that the happiness index will spout out the burst of creativity that has evaded us for over 500 years.

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    @ john the unbaptized piece of shit,
    “boomiputhra Sinhala-Buddhists”. The real boomiputhra are the indigenous tribes of the Yuksha , Naga, Raksha and Wedda including the Nittewo. Get your f’ing head examined you bloody Buddhist fascist bigot. BTW, well said Hema Senanayake. We cannot even lay claim to being Sinhala Buddhist nation if you research the origins of the nation. Majority being Sinhala Buddhist can claim a Sinhala identity but that identity should not come at a cost of others who equally have the same stake as being Sri Lankan.

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    Why on earth are we Sri Lankans fighting about religion?

    Buddhism was imported from India
    Hinduism was imported from India
    Christianity RC was imported from Portugal
    Christianity (Protestants ) was imported from Holland and England
    Islam was imported from India who imported it from Saudi Arabia

    Therefore respect all religions and there is no need to fight as to which is better etc.
    Learn to respect all religions and live in peace.

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    Thaugh. Im a Christiyan I BELIEVE AND I ACCEPT SRI LANKA IS A BUDDHIST SINHALA COUNTRY.THEY ARE MAJORITY IN THE COUNTRY ALSO OTHER ALL NATIONS AND RELIGIONS ALSO BELONG TO THE SAME COUNTRY WHAT EVERR YOUR FAITH OR CAST.AND THE NATIONALITY. DEMOCRTC SYSTEM IS A MULTI CULTUREL SYSTEM OF FREEDOM FOR EVERY CITIZENS OF SRI LANKA.

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    We need a better History lesson If you are Sinhalayo, demalo or thambiyo, We all came from India. That’s it.

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    Hema Senanayake uses ‘ethnicity’ as used only in SL viz language/religion based. The majority of Lankans are from a single ethnic stock.
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    Hema identifies with Sinhala-Buddhists but is excessively patronising in implying that ‘real’ Sinhala-Buddhist are benign.
    Hema says {“Yes. This country is a Sinhala-Buddhist country……”}.
    Is this because of, or in spite of, Buddhism being enshrined ‘Foremost Place’ in the Constitution?
    Hema adds {“Similarly, this is the country of Sinhala-Christians too”}.
    Thank you. Very kind.
    Hema goes on {” This is the country of Sri Lankan Tamils too”}.
    Please Hema, try and meet and talk to a Tamil. They have been discriminated, opportunities blocked with Sinhala Only suffered several pogroms, a civil war and now living under military occupation.
    Hema goes on {“This is the country of Sri Lankan Muslims too”}.
    Did you add this after the ‘tragedy’ that was the 2019 Lankan Easter Sunday?
    Of course the radicalised Muslims must be blamed. In fact Muslims have accepted the blame.
    Do you think rightwing ultra nationalist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) made things worse?
    >>>to continue>>

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    Eagle Eye

    Here are the evidences —

    read the below link, if you believe in scientific research

    .Yes, the Sinhalese have their origins in Bengal, Odisha | Research …
    https://indianexpress.com › Research
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi395WM2KXiAhX0Q3wKHeB3CnwQFjAAegQIAhAB&url=https://indianexpress.com/article/research/yes-the-sinhalese-have-their-origins-in-bengal-odisha/&usg=AOvVaw1nDRvkTztSx9Xcls16-D-p

    2. Read the Mahawansa, if you want to rely in historical evidence, on the origin of the sinhala race

    3. Read the history of present day bangladesh, and see before it became a muslim country, what was their history, it was a buddhist empire, the last one was the Pala dynasty, names like Dampala, SomaPala, Kalyatisse are some of the names of this dynesty, and check this culture of these people and the present day sinhala culture is very mush the same,

    4. Vist the present day Bangladesh, still the surname, Sinha after the first is very common among the non muslim people.

    5. study the bengali language, although Sinhala and Bengali are derivatives of sanskrit, almost of 50% of the words in Sinhala are from the Bengali language, and not any other derivatives of the Sanskrit.

    6. Do a DNA check to see the ancestory, now this can be done easily if you are in the west

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    is-sri-lanka-a-sinhala-buddhist-country”

    yes it is

    they have 70 years of destruction to show for it..and proud of it
    another 70 years of violence to come in the name of sinhala-buddhist-country…

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