19 October, 2019

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Neeraviyadi Incident & Reclaiming Our Plural History

The Jaffna People’s Forum for Coexistence finds the incident that occurred in Neeraviyadi, Mullaitivu last week deeply disturbing. Since the Easter attacks, inter-religious relations have become more fragile in Sri Lanka. In this context, what happened in Neeraviyadi might lead to the further deterioration of religious and ethnic coexistence. We have a duty to prevent incidents of this nature in the future by initiating mutually supportive conversations between the different communities that inhabit this island.

On the 23rd of September, a group led by Buddhist monks including the Ven. Gnanasara Thero of the Bodu Bala Sena cremated the remains of the late Ven. Kolamba Medhalankara Thero, Chief Incumbent of the Gurukanda Rajamaha Viharaya, on a site in Neeraviyadi in violation of a court order. The local Hindus view this site as belonging to the Neeraviyadi Pillayar Temple. Since most Hindus consider the cremation of the remains of deceased persons within the premises of Hindu religious places a sacrilege, the locals protested against the cremation and obtained a court order which required that the cremation be held outside the disputed site in a location assigned by the court. The police did not take any action against those who violated this court order; neither did they prevent them from attacking the locals who wanted the court order implemented. 

When the local Hindus protested against the construction of the present Gurukanda Rajamaha Viharaya after the end of the war in a location which they consider as part of the premises of the Neeraviyadi Pillayar Temple, the Department of Archaeology defended the construction claiming that an ancient Buddhist Dagoba existed in that location two thousand years ago. However, the Maritimepattu D.S. Division, within which the disputed site is located, observed that no Buddhist temple had existed in the land where the Neeraviyadi Pillayar Kovil is situated and that there was no evidence to support that Buddhists had lived in the neighbourhood. These competing ethno-religious claims require that the issue be resolved carefully and amicably, based on appropriate and genuine historical evidence, in a manner where history is not used for legitimizing exclusivist claims about territory and polarizing the communities concerned. 

The Jaffna People’s Forum for Coexistence wants to place on record that for the past several decades the Department of Archaeology has been engaged in politicizing the history of the island, especially its northern and eastern regions, in ways that favor the agendas of chauvinistic politicians and communal-minded Buddhist monks. The Department has often ignored the religious and ethnic realities observed at present in places where the minorities live in large numbers and the political and cultural changes that have taken place in those areas across the passage of time.

The Forum wishes to reiterate that the pluralist demographic history of the island spanning over 2000 years is one of constant movement of different communities which held multifarious political loyalties and regional habitation. That our histories are intertwined and syncretic are well established by historians. To pit one community against another, to emphasize difference and separateness rather than cultural overlaps, ethnic entanglements and religious cross-pollination in interpreting this rich history for modern political purposes will prove to be destructive.  

While registering our strong opposition to the actions of the state that pose a threat to religious, ethnic and linguistic pluralism and the coexistence of cultures and communities, let us ensure that our actions in the future will acknowledge that historically this island and its various regions have been home to different cultures, languages and faiths. Let us also make sure that we give a central place to coexistence in our social and political initiatives. The Jaffna People’s Forum for Coexistence recognises the strength of our diverse and inter-mixed past, and calls for dialogue in resolving ethnic and religious disputes, and to reclaim our plural history. (By Jaffna People’s Forum for Coexistence)

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  • 6
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    Ominous shades of Ayodhaya.

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      Good statement here, but no reference to the external and foreign funders of religious extremist groups.
      Religion is being weaponized in Sri Lanka to distract from American Economic Terrorism as at Easter Sunday and the project to set up military bases in northeast Sri Lanka.
      BBS was set up by US citizen Gotabaya to weaponize Buddhism just as Jamaat Islam was set up in Eastern Province by Saudi funded outfits with help of Hisbullah to weaponize Islam.
      The US wants to set up military bases in the northeast of Sri Lanka – particularly the Eastern Province where the coveted Trincomalee harbour is and in Mannar and Willpattu. and is weaponizing religion as part of a strategy to divide and rule with the help of local political actors. This is a time to be very careful and examine the external forces.
      October 21 will be the 6 month anniversary of the Easter Bombings and there should be protests outside the Saudi and US embassies against the Bomdings, and all attempts should be made to prevent inter-religious conflicts this month.

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      For those who call Sri Lanka a Buddhist country (70% Theravada Buddhists), Siam Nikaya (Malwathu and Asgiri) that was established in the upcountry (Kandy) was from Thailand (93% Theravada Buddhists), the Amarapura and Ramanna Nikaya established in the low country was from Burma (80% Theravada Buddhists). Sri Lanka did not export Buddhism, it only imported.
      The Sinhalese are brainwashed right from birth to believe the myth that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country. Even the most infamous republican constitution of 1972 that gave foremost place for Buddhism (just because they are more in number – majority) does not say Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country. Sri Lanka is not a country belonging or dedicated to any one religion or ethnicity. Sri Lanka had the benefit of several waves of cultural influences throughout its history and this multi-cultural pluralistic society (language, religion, ethnicity, etc.) was prevalent for many centuries. Any one ethnic or religious or linguistic group becoming more in number (majority) in a particular territory or the whole country does not make them the sole owners of that territory or the whole country. Sri Lanka belongs to all the linguistic, ethnic, religious, and ideological groups with their historical and cultural backgrounds who have become citizens of the Sri Lankan state and who are therefore known all over the world as ‘Sri Lankans’. We Sri Lankans (irrespective of race/religion) have no other country but Sri Lanka.

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        concerned citizen

        ” Sri lanka did not export Buddhism, it only imported”

        For the citizens who do not know the history of SL it is same Sri Lanka which send Monks to Thailand & Burma to restore Buddhism in those countries. The sect these Sinhalese monks established in Thailand called Sihala nikaya in that country. Now they called it Maha nikaya. if you search about Burma , you can find about how king Vijayabahu 1 sent Buddhist scripts to Burma. In their capital city Napidaw they have build Upathasanthi Vihara, in it they venerate the replica of the Tooth Relic of Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy. In their temples they illustrates these incidents. They have build a huge Dagaba called Kaungmubaw Pagoda to resembles our Ruvanvalisaya Dagaba. People come nowhere should have to study a little bit of our history before write rubbish always.

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          Concerned citizen seems brain dead?
          =
          Wish him a speedy recovery.

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          yes perhaps but let us not draw the wrong conclusions. Sri Lanka is majority Buddhist overwhelmingly but this does not give the Buddhists the right to act against the minorities who have adopted a different religion. Religious freedom in a UN recognised modern right and we have subscribed to the UN Charter of Human Rights accepting auch Human rights for all.

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        CC ‘Sri Lanka did not export Buddhism, it only imported.’

        This is nonsense. Not only did Sri Lanka ‘export’ Buddhism to Myanmar and Thailand, it is still ‘exporting’ it to Britain, Germany and the West. The quality of the exported product is usually very high indeed. Unfortunately the local version is often inferior. I believe the same problem occurs in the garment industry. It is very sad.

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        We dont have to be brain washed to say that sri lanka is a sinhala budhist country. Because it is a sinhala budhist country. Tamils were taken here to our country as slaves during both periods of ancient kings and during colonial era. So the very people who dont like to call this a sinhala budhist country better pack your bags and go for your motherland India.

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          Udesh

          “Because it is a sinhala budhist country.”

          Please clarify:
          When did this island become a “sinhala budhist country”?
          Who named it as such and what basis?
          Where did those who named it as “sinhala budhist country” get the authority to do so?
          Why does not the constitution say so?
          What benefit did the people get by being citizens of “sinhala budhist country”?
          Did the name “sinhala budhist country” advance the knowledge of science, technology, ….. reduced poverty, improved standard of living, … ?
          Did it stop you from practising incest, child abuse, looting, hurting others, ….. and pulling your head from wherever it is now?

          You don’t need to respond if you cannot find answers,

          • 0
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            Read the mahawansa, read the raja wansa and take a tour around the country

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        Racism, primitive Tribalism in the form of Hindu casts and political slogan of bankrupt Tamil politicians are illegal and punishable .
        Tamils were brought to Srilanka as labourers by Portuguese not before 16 th century.
        Sinhala Buddhist heritage in those areas date 200 before Christ !!!

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          All the Tamil labourers brought into the island from South India by the Portuguese and the Dutch and settled along the western and southern coastal belt , converted to Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists and some Sinhalese Catholic racists and many now beating the anti Tamil drum and ardent supporters of Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism , posting all the lies and myths, regarding the island’s native Tamils , to hide their own actual low caste or untouchable Tamil origin from South India. You most probably are one them. You do not appreciate or know the meaning of truth and like most Sinhalese racists here post blatant lies and untruths. Please google and read the actual recent South Indian origin of the Sinhalese Karawa, Salagama, Durawa, and many other service castes , who make up around half the present day Sinhalese population.

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        When foreigners who know little about us meet a Sri Lankan for the first time the usual second question is “are you Sinhalese or Tamil? They confess that “you all look the same”.

        My response on a visit to Belfast, was to ask “are you Catholic or Protestant?”

        The things that divide us. How queer!

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      Ominous shades of intolerant Portuguese fascism.

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    The Department of Archaeology is a Department of Fibs. It is busy rewriting the history of Sri Lanka so that BBS can claim the whole island as Buddhist. Even the Mahavamsa is rewritten. The burial site of Elara in Anuradhapura, long recognised as such by the local Sinhala people, has been reidentified by the Department of Fibs despite the Mahavamsa indicating that it is a location which Dutugemunu wanted to be respected. The Department of Fibs is promoting a lot of confusion. If there was a Raja Maha Vihara at the site, it would have been known to the people and there would be a history to it. A raja maha vihara must have certain indicia which the site lacks.The structure is so recent that no one can take this particular fib seriously.

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      Kabaragoya

      Local people can’t identify Elara ‘s burial site. It is up to the people who has a knowledge about the subject. That place definitely not of Elara’s because it is a huge Dagaba & this is identified as dakini vihara which has the longest inscription of Sri Lanka. It gives a list of donors names who donated to this Vihara. Do people build such big Dagabas & give donations to memorize an invader.

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        @ latha

        May be you born yesterday.
        When the last anuradapura king was captured in 1824 and escorted by British this king when passing near ellalan burial ground asked the soldiers to allow him to pay respect and did.

        Racist Prof.Paranawittharana
        Dynamited all Tamil related ruins and relics also fooled Modayas that he has found the ash of coward Gemunu.

        Keep on believe all con..craps..lies of Mahavamsa comedy book .

        Most of the viharas in this cursed land was built on Hindu temples..and today some comedy monks install Buddha statue under every bo tree in North East.sofar 100 Buddhist statues were broken recently in Ampara area Buddhist statue was broken and pieces used for fire place one monk went to search was chased out by Muslims.

        If your Buddha visit this cursed land he will commit suicide looking at your monks.

        Buddhusim is not a religion it is a blood thirsty sect all over Buddhists nations in Asia blood flowing .

        In SL Buddhism is commercialised and prostituted by Modayas.

        Asgriya..Malwtte..Aranayake Ayotullahs all are living in stone age.

        Cheers

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          Cholan you spread lies and communal hatred. The end result will be the death of innocent Tamils. You are safe in the West so think carefully before typing. In all Sri Lanka’s troubles the Tamils have always come off worst. They have always been the losers.

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          Cholan

          who is the Auradhapura King captured by British?

          In our history last king was in Kandy. He was taken to Colomdo from Kandy.

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        When I last went to Anuradhapura, the Dakina Vihara was in ruins. There was a Department of Archeology board saying it was the funeral site of Dutugemunu. If so, it was not the proper way for such a site to be treated. It was desolate. But, I asked some young monks as to what the site was. They said it was the site dedicated to Ellara Maha Rajuruvo. I must believe them rather than the Department of Archeology. The Mahavamsa does indicate that Gemunu dedicated such a site and required it to be venerated.

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          Kabaragoya

          There was a site dedicated for Elara. It was at the site he was slain, that is at the south gate of the ancient Anuradhapura city.

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            Latha, Thanks. The popular belief is that Dakina Stupa is believed by many to be the place. The dismantling of Elara by the Department of Archeology and others is discussed in Bananath Obeysekere’s book, The Buddha in Sri Lanka. That there was a site that Geminu had designated and that it was treated with veneration is recorded. It was not the last king of Kandy but Pilimatalawa’s son when fleeing from the British who is said to have got off his palanquin and walked past what was thought then to be the place of Elara’s tomb.

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          There was something called the Elara Sohona. During excavations, Dr. Paranavitana had to remove loads of human excreta from the place where he said the Elara Sohona existed. Dr. James Rutnam was accusing Paranavitana for disgracing the hero Elara by his remark that the government Medical Officer was sleeping over Elara’s tomb. Today, nobody can find the Elara’s tomb because they have demolished and rebuilt something else.

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    Jaffna People’s Forum for Coexistence!

    So no need to take legal action against those who violated the Court Order and the Police that failed to adhere to the Courts Order?

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      Vettivelu Thanam

      What is your point/request if you have one?

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    Where was pluralism in Neeraviyadi? It was pure Tamil Hindu exclusivism that led to the disturbance.

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      According to BJP, Sri Lanka is a Hindu country where majority have become Buddhist, and the solution is the creation of a Hindu majority state and a Buddhist majority state to co-exist side by side as union territories. When Modi was in Sri Lanka a few months ago he told Sinhalese to implement 13th amendment in full and go beyond for which none of your cardboard veerayas opened their mouths, knowing well that BJP means business unlike pussy footing Congress Party. When BJP policy is implemented, there will be no such incidents as all these Buddhist thugs will be like dogs with their tails tugged between their legs. Remember what happened to the Buddhist priest who organised protests against IPKF.

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        Dr. Gnana,
        Tamils in Sri Lanka are the least of India’s worries. Sinhalese have no problems with Hinduism. In fact, so many Buddhist temples have ‘devala’ for Hindu gods. The problem is Tamils demanding their own Garbage-Nadu. Soon there won’t be any Tamil speakers in Tamil Nadu, because Hindi medium schools are mushrooming all over Tamil Nadu.
        /
        It’s time Tamils stop with the stupid demands and claims, and fully integrate with native Sinhalese. Remember ‘black July’?

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          We all know that you are a piece of garbage posting shyte here

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          @ John.not a Buddhist name.

          Well Tamils remember Sunday SIL Monday Kill Buddhism in this cursed land.

          Also we remember when Tamils raised hands and challenged for
          30 years you all Modayas hide under bed hugging your Nona and card board Sinhala army pisses in fear.

          Want to start another black July coward go ahead next time you will run without dress.

          Modayas are genetically weak still believe comic con Mahavamsa craps.

          Cheers

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            @Cholan, Johnny boy is really Devananda Saparamadu Premachandra Punchinilame Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Upul Chanda Banda. Here he goes as John.

            He is the village clown in Hambantota.

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            Colon have you considered stopping spreading lies and communal hatred?

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          @John

          Do you have backbone to go and stand in front of Karuna Amman without pissing?

          Do this first then talk about black July..

          FYI Karuna Amaan is a product of Black July .700 Modaya Policemen surrendered to this single Karuna ke ke ke ke.

          Cheers

          Cheers

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            Cholan,
            It was Tamils who started ‘black July’ by killing 13 UNARMED soldiers. Also LTTE has killed UNARMED 700 policemen, Aranthalawa massacre, Sri Maha Bodiya massacre, massacres of Sinhalese in North and East, so many b0mings during rush hour, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc,……..
            /
            So Karuna is your hero. Good to know. Tell us why your hero who became zero sought refuge amongst Sinhalese??????

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              so john while tamils were doing all this, you think the sinhala armed thugs, uniformed or not, were picking flowers in the north-east?

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          “Soon there won’t be any Tamil speakers in Tamil Nadu, because Hindi medium schools are mushrooming all over Tamil Nadu.”

          The rise in Hindi learning students in Tamilnadu is primarily due to the children of people from other states, especially Non-Tamils.

          To facilitate the choice for Non-Tamils, Tamil Nadu did amend Tamil language act so as to not providing room for discrimination.

          For you English-named Chinkalams, this is anathema as you thrive in discriminating others.

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            [Edited out] We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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              CT, please briefly state whether Sinthu is somehow disputing amendment of Tamil Langauge act by Tamil Nadu state government.

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          John ask your Sinhala leaders why there was no repetition of “black July”, and they will tel you that if anything like that happens again it will be the end of Sinhalese. Buddhist temples have devalas for Hindu gods because Buddhists want to continue the practice of their ancestors who worshiped Hindu gods. For full integration of Tamils with Sinhalese follow Indian advice. If not, you have to hide under the bed.

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        Yes when there is injustice in the country and the government of the people or the people don’t protect the victims, automatically the victims will have to seek for justice from elsewhere.
        This was the start of the LTTE, I believe.
        We as a majority have a responsibility to use our conscience to think and do what is right, what is just and what is fair. Sadly conscience have we none.

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        Dr. Gnana
        You are completely wrong about BJP. Prime Minister Modi’s close confidante and political advisor is none other than Subramaniam Swamy who is a very close ally of the Rajapakshes. Subramaniam Swamy is a Tamil Brahmin who hates fellow Tamils. Rajapakshes are his favorites. The BJP under Modi is not going to do anything good to the Tamils and the Rajapakshes will be very happy to work with BJP.

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          @ concerned citizen

          Your subramaniya swamy is not a Tamil but a Tamil Speaking Telungu who openly said he is the decendent of Ramu Paiyan who massacred South Indian Tamils during Telungu rule.

          FYI the last king of Kandy was a Tamil Speaking Telungu Kanappan imported by British and named Sri Wickrama Rajasinghan to fool Modayas.

          Thanks to Modi now Tamil Nadu younger generation think about separate country…there was no so called poverty India before the arrival of Europeans.

          LTTE never came from sky it was born because of massacre of Tamils by Modaya Buddhists.since 1948.

          Ready to to excavation of Buddhist temples by international experts thus will reveal truths.

          The dagoba near Moneragakala ,railway station was a Pillaiyar temple before July 1983 do you know?

          Saffron robes are dancing too.much .

          Cheers

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          agreed.
          some are fed false belief that BJP is the new saviour of Tamils. they can’t substantiate their claim other than quote something. how has BJP’s foreign policy changed compared to Congress? they are busy holding joint military exercises with sl, legitimizing militarization of the region just like any other imperialist to serve their interests. tamils/muslims are taking the brunt of this in sl. furthermore, hindutva ideology has a lot in common with Sinhala buddhist hierarchy than it does with tamil national liberation.
          if anything tamils can draw support from indian occupied Kashmir than from Hindia.

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        I agree with BJP, Tamil children must learn to chant “Jai Shri Ram!” and also learn to recite Gayatri Mantra in divine language Sanskritam. We can combine Thesalawami with Manusmriti to take the country back 3000 years. Punish the Muslims for eating beef and force women to do sati (walk through fire), yes this sounds like an even better society than the apartheid paradise envisioned by legendary philosopher Balasingham and his Sun God boss.

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          Lester

          “……………………………………………… Punish the Muslims for eating beef and force women to do sati (walk through fire), yes this sounds like an even better society than the apartheid paradise envisioned by legendary philosopher Balasingham and his Sun God boss.”

          And send in the monkey army engineers to build the broken bridge and kick some a***s burn down Lankapuri. Is that you wish for from the Hindian fascists?

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        The BJP will say all this but like the Congress before them , they will never help the Tamils of Sri Lanka but will overtly and covertly help the Sinhalese , or just will not interfere , unless India’s security is threatened. Then they will use the Tamil issue to interfere on behalf of India’s interest. This is what prompted India to interfere in the first place , during Indira Gandhi’s time. Remember the BJP is full of RSS type pro Sanskrit , Aryan supremacist Hinduvata extremists. Who forcibly want to impose their type of Vedic Hinduism and the Sanskrit language , in the guise of highly Sanskritised Hindi, all over India. They recently tried it and were pushed back and had to retread with their tails between their legs , openly promising never to try this tactic again. To these largely Aryan supremacist Hindu fanatics , the far more ancient, largely pre Aryan Saivite Hinduism of the Tamils is not proper Hinduism but only their Vedic Vaishnavite Hinduism is. This is why they do not care and two hoots about the destruction of ancient Hindu temples by Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists and fake Arab Wahhabi Islamic fanatics in Sri Lanka , or by the Malays in Malaysia or even in Burma, as to them they see them , as the temples of the Tamils. On the contrary they how cry and protest loudly , when Hindu temples are destroyed desecrated in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Fiji or anywhere else , where the so called Aryan( sic) north Indian Hindus live.

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        Dr G S

        For a fleeting moment in the late 80’s there was the possibility of a North Cyprus type of division that would have resulted in an Island-dividing line drawn – end of story. So now, over thirty years, will the time come (after the safe assimilation of Kashmir) when the rampant BJP will press for that division. Very attractive proposition for Modi to cover and secure his southern flank.

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      Dear Hela, you know that isn’t true don’t you? Hindu exclusivism may exist but it had nothing to do with this monks actions. You are just weakly trying to justify the unjustifiable.

      Do you want the Buddhist religion and the Singhalese people to thrive? Then denounce these scoundrels who disgrace the robe of Gotama the Buddha. He would have wouldn’t he?

      So you have a decision to make. Are you a follower of Gotama the Buddha or are you a follower of these lay-monk-politicians?

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      Hela

      “Where was pluralism in Neeraviyadi? It was pure Tamil Hindu exclusivism that led to the disturbance.”

      I love you stupid lot, brilliant.
      V Prabaharan would be proud of you, may be he would envy your utterances if he is still alive. He would be proud of you because you have been doing everything possible since his demise to achieve what he couldn’t during his lifetime. .

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        This is a wise warning Hela. Take heed if you do not want another VP to arise.

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          Modayas and Monks are doing their best day and night to bring VP 2.

          Cheers

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            And what is your contribution to spreading hatred?

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          an armed struggle was waged with extreme sacrifices/losses. what makes you think there is someone going to arise from the ashes again and wage another one? how practical is this talk? just sitting on the safe side of the fence and crying wolf. another VP is not going to come to stop sinhalisation/colonisation in north-east. perhaps time to hold sl state to task, instead of asking the oppressed to find solutions within this system each time.

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    The Department of Archaeology should rename itself as the Department of Sinhala-Buddhist Archaeology. That is the only archaeology it knows!

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      The Dept. must understand where Tamil stands among the world languages- Language consultancy.com has this to say:

      3. Tamil
      “Year: 300 BCE
      Country/Area of Origin: India and Sri Lanka
      Number of speakers: Over 80 million approximately

      Tamil is one of the classical languages surviving till date. Tamil-Brahmin inscriptions from 300 BCE have been found, and the language is believed to be more than 2000 years old! This ‘Dravidian language’ is currently the official language of 2 countries: Sri Lanka and Singapore and the official language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Apart from this, Tamil language is also recognized as a minority language in Malaysia, Mauritius and South Africa”

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    This is disgraceful. What is the use of those Mahanayakas if they cannot control their monks? A complete reorganisation of the Sangha is neeeded. But nobody will do it unless there are enough people to demand it.

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      In a country where there is Law and order, what is the justification for monks to take laws into their hands?
      What is the duty of monks?
      Have they got it mixed up with that of thugs? Because to me most monks seem like thugs in saffron uniform.
      Their mindset seems to be to go on the offensive for every little thing, that too against minorities.
      The essence of Buddhism is destroyed thanks to these violent bastards.

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    JPFfC clearly is formed of citizens of learning and goodwill wishing to live peacefully and lawfully in a part of the island they have occupied from time immemorial. The appeal is drafted elegantly and professionally. The Tamils of the area, and indeed in the rest of the country, are treated shabbily and in that much demanded haughty cry “we are the majority and you must do our bidding” the language similar to the one propagated by former Army Commander and now aspirant to the highest offices in the land – the crude Sarath Fonseka. This is sadly the current feeling of most Sinhalese – civil and politicians. Civilised laws and order mean nothing to men of such moral fibre. Recalcitrant “Buddhist” priest Gnanassara Thera knows he can treat the laws of the land with the disdain he choses. He is immune from Police and Court action. He is the next Buddharakhita Thera.

    As the sagacious Thamilthanthai said then, only God can now save the Tamils.
    Fellow Tamils, worry not. The Tamil Nation has come through worse tribulations in her long history. Truth and the good will eventually prevail.

    R. Varathan

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    LORD buddha was born to Hindu Parents. But I don’t know whether he practiced it or for that matter any religion at all. Similarly, Thiruk kural by Thru valluvar never referred to any religion at all. He suggests a way of life similar to Lord Buddha or even covering more earthly matters suitable for humans to follow. It will be ridiculous for anyone to practice ‘Thirvalluvarism’. Take what is feasible ( most are feasible) and leave the rest alone. Lord Buddha too did not force any of his teachings on anyone. Leave him alone, please.

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      What nonsense. According to lunatic Sinhala historians Buddha was born in Sri Lanka and that he made flying visits to India to preach his doctrine. A joker called Somadeva is trying to prove that Sinhalese descended from Balangoda man, when 91% of genetic material of Sinhalese are foreign acquired (mainly Tamil genes).

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        Archaeology/History has always been political in Sri Lanka and it’s no different even today. The archaeological department is the handmaiden of the Government and always biased towards Sinhala and Buddhism. Archaeologist Prof. Raj Somadeva was made the big boss of the archeological department by the previous government with a hidden racist agenda, to manipulate the archaeological records and create a non-existed ancient history for the Sinhalese in the island (well paid to twist and misinterpret their research in favor towards Sinhala and Buddhism), to reject the Pali chronicles (Vijaya’s story) and to show that the Sinhalese and the Veddas have evolved from human habitation that had lived in the island for 125,000 years ago. To come up with fake evidences to prove that the Sinhalese are the original natives, they did not come from India (2500 years ago) as mentioned in the Pali chronicles but they are the original natives to the island very similar to the Veddas and Prof. Raj Somadeva is overdoing it shamelessly. His research was one sided (biased), beginning with the conclusion, he was only finding evidence to prove his conclusion. If the archaeological/epigraphical findings did not match the conclusion he redefines/misinterprets them using his own theories, assumptions, hypothesis and analogies to prove his point of view.
        Prof. Raj Somadeva is considered as one of the top class jokers in the academic circle of Sri Lanka and is highly ridiculed by most of the researchers and scholars in the same field. He is contradicting all the other researchers in the same field. He never comes up with any solid evidence to prove what he says is true, what he states as evidence is something hilarious.

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          The most erudite Archeologist Dr. Deraniyagala tested the DNA/genetics of all the remains of pre-historic mankind in Sri Lanka (including the Balangoda manawakaya). It was found that the Veddahs have a little admixture with the pre-historic mankind in Sri Lanka whereas the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims have zero admixture with the pre-historic mankind in Sri Lanka indicating very clearly that the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims are immigrants to Sri Lanka.

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            Thambapanni Man

            “The most erudite Archeologist Dr. Deraniyagala tested the DNA/genetics of all the remains of pre-historic mankind in Sri Lanka (including the Balangoda manawakaya)”

            Please cite reference.

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          The archaeology department has done an excellent job. They have found thousands of cave inscriptions all over the island, written in Brahmi script, which confirm people, places, and events described in Mahavamsa. Unfortunately for the Eelamists, only 24 inscriptions in Tamil have been found. “The number of epigraphs discovered in Sri Lanka from the beginning to this date total to a figure of over four thousand.The majority of rock inscriptions unearthed in Sri Lanka from ancient cities such as Anuradhapura, Polannaruwa, Yapahuwa and Dambadeniya etc. The medieval period was the period when rock inscriptions were mostly written. The bulk of Sri Lankan rock inscriptions had been written in the Sinhala language. There are twenty four Tamil rock inscriptions and six Arabic rock inscriptions among these that have been discovered so far. Further, there are two each from those composed in Chinese and English…. “

          The Eelamists like SSS and Dr. Forgery are frustrated because there is very little evidence to indicate a dominant Tamil presence on the island. Dr. Forgery has come up with theories of buried cities from 20K years ago and outdated genetic studies. While the evolution of the Sinhala language is clear from the Brahmi cave inscriptions, Dr. Forgery and others are convinced that Sinhala came from Tamil, based on a few borrowed words like “Akka” and “Aiyo.”

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            ““The number of epigraphs discovered in Sri Lanka from the beginning to this date total to a figure of over four thousand.The majority of rock inscriptions unearthed in Sri Lanka from ancient cities such as Anuradhapura, Polannaruwa, Yapahuwa and Dambadeniya etc. The medieval period was the period when rock inscriptions were mostly written. The bulk of Sri Lankan rock inscriptions had been written in the Sinhala language. “

            How many of these were “naturally” buried prior to excavation?

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            Parangi Lester,
            All those thousands of cave inscriptions found all over the island, written in Brahmi script is NOT in Sinhala language. It was written in Prakrit (a form of Sanskrit). The actual language called Sinhala started developing only in the 7th century CE and first appeared only in the 8th century CE Sigiri mirror wall writings. What existed before the 7th century CE was only Prakrit and Pali and written in the Brahmi script which was common to both Tamils and others. The same Prakrit and Pali were also found in some of the South Indian (Brahmi) inscriptions.

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              Thambapanni,

              You must be an associate of Dr. Forgery. A language does not evolve in one day, but over several centuries. Modern Sinhala evolved over three iterations:

              Sinhalese Prakrit (until 3rd century CE)
              Proto-Sinhala (3rd–7th century CE)
              Medieval Sinhala (7th–12th century CE)
              Modern Sinhala (12th century – present)

              Most of the rock inscriptions were made during the medieval time. By this time, Sinhala was almost fully developed. So it is easy for an archaeologist to attribute a particular rock inscription to a particular group of people. Sinhala is classified as an Indo-Aryan language, not a Dravidian language. The “Sinhala Script” is a unique Brahmi script, it is not the same as Tamil Brahmi. Tamil Brahmi comes from North India anyway, so your attempts to prove the non-existent “Tamil Buddhism” by falsely correlating it with “Brahmi script” fail miserably. You should join Dr. Forgery and stick to outdated genetic studies.

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                Lester

                During the early 20th century, the German Pali scholar Wilhelm Geiger who studied the language of the Island divided the newly developed language (Sinhala) into many phases and labeled the Prakrit spoken by the people in ancient time as Sinhala Prakrit because he believed that the present Sinhala language evolved into many stages from it. He classified the development of the language in the island into four periods:

                * Sinhala Prakrit (until 3rd century CE)
                * Proto-Sinhala (3rd – 7th century CE)
                * Medieval Sinhala (7th – 12th century CE)
                * Modern Sinhala (12th century – present)

                Prakrit (derived from Sanskrit/Pali), a North Indian Indo-Aryan language spoken by the people in ancient Lanka (must have come along with Vijay and his men) is what Wilhelm Geiger assumed as Sinhala Prakrit when he classified the language in the island. It was Willim Giger’s own assumption which was happily accepted by the Sinhala Archeologists/epigraphists like Senarat Paranavitana who concluded that the Brahmi inscriptions found in the caves of Sri Lanka were an old form of Sinhala (old Sinhala). However, it was found that very similar cave inscriptions are also in existence in South India.
                Today, the epigraphists and linguists do not accept Wilhelm Geiger’s classification as correct. To do a deep study of the language and history of the island he should have studied both North and South Indian languages and also the history of both North and South India. Unfortunately, he was only interested in the Indo-Aryan languages. The interpretation would have been different if Wilhelm Geiger had also learned the Dravidian languages and the history of South India.

                Continued…

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                  Continued from above…

                  Lester

                  There is nothing called Sinhala Brahmi or Tamil Brahmi. The cave writings and stone inscriptions found in both South India and Sri Lanka were written using the same script (Asokan Brahmi) and the language used was either Prakrit or old Tamil. The so called ‘Sinhala’ Prakrit was found not only in Sri Lanka but also in South India.

                  The Sinhala language started developing very much later and first appeared only in the 8th century CE Sigiri mirror wall writings. The present day Sinhala language is made up of Prakrit, Pali, Tamil, a few words from the early tribes, and a few words from Portuguese, Dutch and English.

                  If the Sinhala language existed in the 5th century AD, Ven. Mahanama and others would not have written the Deepavamsa and the Mahavamsa in a language (Pali) that nobody (layperson) can understand. The same goes to the Buddhist scriptures Tripitaka. If the Sinhala language existed during that period, why did they write in a language (Pali) that nobody (layperson) can understand?

                  There is no doubt that the ethnic identity ‘Hela/Sihala’ found in inscriptions for the first time in 9th century AD evolved in Sri Lanka and nowhere else, so did the language ‘Sinhala/Helu/Elu’ but, before 9th century AD, the term Hela/Sinhala was not found anywhere.

                  Therefore, the concepts of a fully evolved ‘thoroughbred Hela/Sinhala race’ and a ‘thoroughbred spoken/written Elu/Helu/Sihala language’ before the 9th century AD are pure assumptions and cannot be proved. The form Hela appears for the first time for the geographical identity of the island in 8th century AD Sigiri Graffiti and Elu/Helu for the name of the language only after the 9th century AD Sinhala literature. The earliest Elu/Helu writings such as Siyabaslakara and Elu Sandas Lakuna do not lead us beyond the 9th Century AD. There was NO Elu/Hela/Sinhala literary work (other than Pali) found before this period.

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                    Thambapanni

                    “There is no doubt that ethnic identity Hela/Sihala found in inscriptions for the first time in 9th century AD.

                    This is another blatant lie of a Tamil, may be to fool other Tamils. This Sihala word appear even in South Indian inscriptions of 4th AD & North Indian literature.

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                  Vijaya is said to have arrived on the island between 543–505 BC. This corresponds to the earliest pottery inscriptions found on the island.

                  ““The earliest (600-500 BC) inscriptions on pottery are in Indo-Aryan Prakrit. So far none of them are in Dravidian. It appears to corroborate the [prevailing] view that Indo-Aryan was pre-dominant from at least as early as 500 BC in Sri Lanka” (Deraniyagala, 1996)”

                  Historically, Prakrit was never a single language by itself. It was a mixture of Sanskrit and the local languages. Sinhala-Prakrit developed into Sinhala, a language entirely distinct from Prakrit.

                  ““since we have inscriptions in old Sinhala dating from the early second or late third centuries B.C., and by that time the language had already undergone important changes that made it distinct from any of the Indo-Aryan languages of North India”- (James W.Gair:1996)

                  “Old” Sinhala existed by at least 3 BC. Sanskrit (in pure form) came to the island in the 4th century. The monks were eager to learn Sanskrit and make Sri Lanka a center of Buddhist learning. As you can see from the above discussion, there is no evidence of a “Tamil Buddhism” on the island. Prior to Vijaya, no one on the island spoke Tamil. Even after Vijaya, the Tamils never had a dominant presence until the Jaffna Kingdom. There were Chola invasions here and there, followed by temporary settlements, but they did not exist for long. That is why the monks never learned Tamil, since the “Tamil” influence on Buddhism was negligible. They learned Prakrit, Pali, and Sanskrit, the fact that they wrote nothing in Tamil is very significant.

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            Parangi Lester,

            Regarding Sinhala coming from Tamil,

            Every linguist/language expert who analyzed the Sinhala language is calling it an Indo-Aryan language meaning a North Indian language (originally Prakrit made up of Sanskrit and Pali). Sinhala language may have evolved in Sri Lanka but it did not originate in Sri Lanka, it originated from India (Prakrit). The Sinhala language experts are saying it is not only Indo-Aryan but also Dravidian (Tamil).

            The Sinhala language Proessor J. B. Dissanayake in his book ‘Understanding the Sinhalese’ states, “Sinhala occupies a unique position among the languages of South Asia because of its close affinity with two of the major linguistic families of the Indian sub-continent, Indo-Aryan and Dravidian”.
            The Sinhala scholar H. A. J. Hulugalle in his booklet ‘Information for Tourists’ says in the first paragraph on page one: “The Sinhalese are a mixed race, their language has been vastly enriched with words from the Tamil vocabulary”.
            Sinhala language scholar Mudliyar W. F. Gunawardena says, “The science of examination of the structure of a sentence is called its grammar. The grammar of the Sinhala language is Dravidian”. He further said, “The structural foundation of Sinhala is Dravidian while the super-structure is Indo-Aryan”.
            The Sinhala language expert Dr. C. E. Godakmubara says, “the Sinhala Grammar Sidathsangarawa was based on the Tamil Grammar Virasolium”.

            According to the scholar Rev. S. Gnanapiragasam, “There are more than 4,000 Tamil words in the Sinhala vocabulary. If the Sinhala vocabulary is stripped of all the Tamil words there will be no Sinhala language”. Also refer,”The Dravidian Element in Sinhalese” by S. Gnanapiragasam.

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              i don’t know why the sinhalese and muslims are ashamed of their dravidian roots. had it not been for buddhism, pali/prakrit would not have made its way into this island that is primarily inhabited by black skinned dravidian tribes.

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              All ancient Sinhala history was written down by monks. The monks never wrote anything in Tamil. That is how we know the Sinhalese did not speak Tamil. There is no mention of a “Tamil Buddhism” in Mahavamsa, so why should we believe it existed? The monks kept detailed records, why would they omit this fake Dravidian history? The Sinhalese kings were very proud of their origins, they traced their lineage to royalty in Kalinga/Orissa, they never claimed to be Dravidians. Not to mention, they fought back many Chola invasions, that is why Sri Lanka today is dominated by Sinhala-Buddhists instead of being a South Indian protectorate. Sinhalese know this history well, all the ruins are there in the North & East, there is no reason to look for some non-existent Dravidian connection.

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                Lester,

                “All ancient Sinhala history was written down by monks. The monks never wrote anything in Tamil.”

                Which monk wrote which history in Sinhala? Deepavamsa, Mahavamsa, Chulavamsa and all others were written neither in Sinhala nor in Tamil but in Pali that neither Sinhalese nor Tamils understood. What makes you think that it belongs to Sinhalese when they cannot even read or understand them?

                “There is no mention of a “Tamil Buddhism” in Mahavamsa, so why should we believe it existed?”

                There is NO mention of a “Sinhala Buddhism” in Deepavamsa, Mahavamsa, and Chulavamsa (prove it if you can by quoting the chapter). Today the Sri Lankan Buddhists are Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Hindus are Tamils but that was not the case in the ancient past. In the past, not only there were Tamil Buddhists but also Hindu Sinhalese. During and after the long Chola rule in the 10th century AD, some Tamil Buddhists got converted into Tamil Hindus and moved to the North while others got converted into Sinhala Buddhists and moved to the South.

                “The Sinhalese kings were very proud of their origins, they traced their lineage to royalty in Kalinga/Orissa, they never claimed to be Dravidians.”

                Which Sinhalese kings are you talking about? Kotte or Kandy? Neither the Deepawamsa nor the Mahavamsa or any stone inscriptions or any other historical artefacts calls the Anuradapura kingdom as Sinhala kingdom or Tamil kingdom. Only when the Chola king Elara ruled Anuradapura, there was another kingdom in the South called Rohana at Kelanaya from where Dutugemunu came but even that was never known as a Sinhala kingdom.
                All the kings of Sinhala Royal houses had Tamil and Kalinga blood connection and most of the Sinhala Kings married from Tamil (Pandiya dynasty) and Kalinga Royal families.

                Continued…

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                  Lester,

                  I presume that you have read the Mahavamsa. Let me quote/interpret from it.
                  During the war, Dutugemunu had to conquer not just one Tamil king (Elara) but 32 Tamil Chieftains around the Anuradhapura principality alone. Dutugemunu killing sixty thousand Tamils (as per Mahavamsa) proves that a huge number of Tamils had been living in and around the Anuradapura kingdom. This proves that there was a Tamil settlement in and around the kingdom even at that period. King Dutugemunu’s military defeat of the Northern Kingdom of Anuradapura lasted only a few years until the Tamil kings Pulahatha and others took over which means they must have had enough Tamil support from the masses.

                  To make it even stronger, the Mahavamsa further says about Dutugemunu’s father King Kavantissa who warns Dutugemunu not to invade (Rajarata) the land of the Demelas. He also says, Rohana the region on this side of the river (Southern territory) has enough land. In other words, even at that time the Northern part of the country was referred to as the ‘land of the Demelas’. The Mahavamsa calls the Hindu kings of Anuradapura as Damila Kings but it does not call the other (Buddhist) kings as Sinhala Kings. Even Dutugemunu was Never known as a Sinhala king. Another thing that the Mahavamsa reveals is that, before going to war with Ellala, Dutugemunu goes to the Hindu temple at Katharagama and worships God Murugan instead of going to a Buddhist temple and pay homage to Buddha.
                  Most of what you people believe are just assumptions (not mentioned in the Mahavamsa).

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                    Thambapanni Man

                    Visuddhimaggya was written by the monk Buddhagosha in 5th century. In it he says he is translating it from Sinhala to Pali. Sigiriya graffiti is written in advance Sinhala. Anybody with a brain can understand to reach a language in to such level it has to be evolved for centuries.

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                      Latha,

                      It is being said (even though nothing ‘ancient’ has been found as historical evidence till today to prove it) that the beginning chapters of the Pali Chronicle (Mahavamsa) was translated into Pali by the scholarly monks of the Mahavihara from the Vamsa text (original source preserved for many centuries) known as “Sihala atthakatha” written in Sihalabhasa. If the Mahavamsa is the history of the Sinhalese, what good does it make to the Sinhalese in translating it from Sihalabhasa into a language (Pali) that they (Sinhalese) cannot understand?

                      What happened to the original Vamsa text written in Sihalabhasa? If they had preserved it for many centuries, they could have continued to preserve it till today but unfortunately it disappeared after the Mahavamsa was written (in Pali) or rather destroyed. Very unfortunately, the Sinhalese had to wait till the 20th century for someone to translate it back from Pali to Sinhala for them to read and understand the Mahavamsa. Is that not a crime committed by the Mahaviharic Bikkus to the Sinhala nation of Sihaladipa?

                      However the truth is something else. There is also a commentary to the Mahavamsa written in Pali by an unknown Buddhist monk (definitely with ulterior motive) in the 13th century AD known as the ‘Tika’ or Vansatthappakasini to explain/interpret the verses in Mahavamsa. It is the ‘Tika’ that talks about a mysterious “Sihala atthakatha” (Vamsa text known as original source written in Sihalabhasa), the main reason for calling the Pali chronicle of the Mahavihara as the chronicle of the Sinhalese.

                      Similarly, it is being said (not mentioned in any inscriptions) that the Theravada Buddhist scriptures Pali Cannon was originally written in the Sihalabhasa and kept preserved for many centuries before it was translated by the Mahaviharic Bikkus into Pali. Now the same questions arise.

                      Continued…

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                      Latha,

                      If Buddhaghosa has actually said that he wrote in Pali so that the monks outside the island can also understand, what happened to the original text in Sihalabhasa? If it was preserved for centuries until Buddhaghosa came to Anuradapura, they could have easily continued to preserve it for the Sinhala nation of Sihaladipa. Did Buddhaghosa destroy the Sinhala version after he translated it to Pali? Now, if Buddhaghosa says that it is written in Sihalabhasa for the benefit of the island-inhabitants, then after translating it into Pali, Buddhaghosa or the Mahaviharic Bikkus has committed a crime by depriving the Sinhala nation from reading the Buddhist scriptures in their own language. In a land where all the ancient Buddhist artifacts are being preserved for millenniums by the Monks and the Kings, why such an important thing has not been kept safely? How did the so called ‘Sinhala’ monks and kings allow Buddhaghosa to destroy them?
                      Did Buddhaghosa actually write the prologue in most of his Pali commentaries where he mentioned the language (Sihalabhasa), or is it the same as what happened in the Pali Chronicle that during the last several centuries after Buddhaghosa, spurious commentaries would have got added perverting the real intent and meaning of that great Bikku?

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                      latha

                      “In it he says he is translating it from Sinhala to Pali. “

                      Did he actually say he was translating Visuddhimagga from Sinhala to Pali? If he did please cite reference.

                      “Sigiriya graffiti is written in advance Sinhala.”

                      Which version of S Paranavitana are you relying upon?
                      Senarat’s interlinear inscription theory had been discredited by many scholars.

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                  ‘Chulavamsa and all others were written neither in Sinhala nor in Tamil but in Pali that neither Sinhalese nor Tamils understood’

                  Thambapanni Man, according to my limited knowledge Pali was a spoken language and had no script of its own. It could be written in any script, Sinhala, Tamil, even Roman. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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                “The monks never wrote anything in Tamil.”

                At the time was all were Tamil history, and even fable stories cannot be written in a language that did not exisit at that time

                See, even your warped reasoning cannot forge true history.

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                Lester yours is the most primitive language and even Swahili is richer than your language. Do you have anything like Tamil in your religion. Thevaram Thiruvasagam etc and the list is endless.

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                  Praba, people like yourself are always claiming Tamil is a superior language, Sanskrit is borrowed from Tamil, whole Universe came from Tamil, etc. In fact, no one has any interest in Tamil except Tamils. Even your Tamil film industry is not half as famous as Bollywood, which is world famous. Tamil is not pleasant to the ear, that is why North Indians refuse to learn it. At the end of the day, Tamil is just the language of a group of defeated people; first defeat from the Aryans, then from the Moghuls, then from the Hindians, and in Sri Lanka, from the Sinhalese. Kindly explain what is so great about this language, Tamil.

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                Lester

                “The monks kept detailed records, why would they omit this fake Dravidian history?”

                Was/is there a Dravidian history or for that matter an Aryan history?
                When was the word Dravidian first used and popularised and by whom?

                “There is no mention of a “Tamil Buddhism” in Mahavamsa, o why should we believe it existed? “

                Mahawamsa is all about the happenings within a Dynasty, not about the story of Sinhala/Buddhists. Just because the Mahawamsa did not mention “Black hole” it does not mean Black hole didn’t exist similarly Mahawamsa didn’t mention “Tamil Buddhism” it does not mean Tamils who followed the Awakened One didn’t exist. FYI the 1881 Census recorded 12,000 Tamil speaking Buddha’s followers lived throughout the island.

                Are you saying Buddha was a Sinhala/Buddhist therefore it was difficult to believe there ever existed any Tamil speaking Buddhists?

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                  Vedda &Thamba

                  You read about Bikku Buddhagosha & find out what happened at that time. Burning of some athakatha does not mean the death of Sinhala language .They were there & some of them used to interprit the Mahawansha poems.

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                Two of the great Tamil classics contain much about Buddhism. The Silappadikaram is about the Goddess Pattini, worshipped by both Tamils and Sinhalese. Manimekalai is about her daughter who became a Buddhist nun. Buddhism existed among the Tamils but, as in the rest of India, it was superseded though pockets of it still remain in Tamilnadu. Long before the Sinhalese, Tamils were Buddhists. Sinhala Buddhism, a religion without the basics of compassion, is unique to the Sinhalese and is a perversion of Buddhism, not to be proud of.

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              Thambapanni Mam

              “According to the scholar Rev.S. Gnanapiragasam there are more than 4000 Tamil words in the Sinhala Vocubalary.”

              If there is 4000 Tamil words in Sinhala Language Sinhalese could have understood some Tamil. This self appointed scholar would have to mention these words. Not any Tamil so far came up with those words. Wikipedia gives about 125 words, from it nearly 25 words are not Sinhalese words. Most words are related to trade & some to Tamil plantation labourers. These are some of them Parippu, Kade, Ilakkam, sorandi. There are more Portuguese, Dutch & English words in Sinhala than Tamil words. They have includes most Malayalam loan words in the list.

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                latha

                Obviously you do not sound like a linguist. Please do not blabber nonsense, go to a qualified linguist who is a scholar in both Sinhala and Tamil (similar to Rev.S. Gnanapiragasam) and talk about this subject (not while going to Kade to buy Parippu).

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    This is a disgrace to Buddhism and Buddhist people ..
    Never Buddhist teaching will allow such rude behaviours.

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    “We have a duty to prevent incidents of this nature in the future by initiating mutually supportive conversations between the different communities that inhabit this island.”
    Incidents like this cannot be stopped as long as all the Tamils of this island evicted or murdered from this island. Sinhala politics use this as their weapon to compete for power. Their policy is one nation, one race, one religion and one language. Violence against minorities is an accepted norm for Sinhala majority.

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    Tamils’ origin is North-West of India (now Pakistan). Aryan invaders pushed them to the southern tip of India. Before Tamils encroached South Indian, it was ‘adiwasis’ who were Sinhalese cousin tribes lived there.
    /
    North and East provinces were the strongholds of Sinhala-Buddhists. South Indian Invaders, European invaders and severe droughts pushed sons of soil Sinhalese to the south. South Indian invaders, Muslims, and Portuguese invaders destroyed Buddhist temples and built their places of worship. At the moments Muslims are invading 10000 acre Muhudu Maha Viharya in Ampara district.
    /
    So called Tamils (actually Malabaris) in North are descents of Dutch brought slaves for their tobacco cultivation. Sinhalese are trying hard not to rub their unpleasant slave past in their faces. So Tamils must not fill ‘the void’ with fake history.
    /
    Original Sinhala names of North and East –
    https://www.dh-web.org/place.names/images/

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      Go and tell post your fibs at Lanka Lies Chingkalla Komali

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      John ny stupid boy

      “Tamils’ origin is North-West of India (now Pakistan). Aryan invaders pushed them to the southern tip of India.”

      Please cite evidence.

      “Before Tamils encroached South Indian, it was ‘adiwasis’ who were Sinhalese cousin tribes lived there.”

      Is that why you hate your own Tamil speaking “adiwasis” cousin tribes?
      If that is true what the hell are you doing in my ancestral land?

      Stupid boy, this is a garland of fibs with which you are failing to rewrite history.
      Go back to your other lies, the origin of Sinhala/Buddhists is traced to Ravana without any evidence.

      Try type another version of your Ravana story.

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    Any academic discussion on this matter in SL is a bloody wastage of time. There is no system or orderliness or fairness is in existence and the entire system is based on bias, myth, and fabrication laced with utter racism and inferiority complex. Had there been a dagoba in that area 2000 years ago, so what. That was the path taken by buddhism into Lanka from India. In South India there were buddhism and jainism practised by tamils. In Lanka too tamils were buddhsists at one period. So what does it matter. If so why on earht these sinhala racists have to rush there now, 2000 years later. If so why not move out of Kathirgamam, Dondeswaram and for that matter all the current buddhist places that were once hindu places of worship. 2000 years ago buddhsim was just trickling into lanka from India and the first buddhsit convert in Lanka was Tamil/Naga king Thevanai Nambiya Theesan. While still the sinhala buddhists have more faith in hindu deiyos than Buddhism then why on earth these racist theros are poking their fingers into hindus’ backs? Is this faith, or naked racism or simple jealousy or utmost form of fear and inferiority complex. These same Yellow robed monsters are dashing coconuts at hindu kovils while on the other hand attacking hindu kovils. Bella kapanne hatiya.

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    Dr Gnana, please dont talk about that joker Somadeva, a racist moron, with standardised brain. Mentioning him in this forum is an insult to this forum. Just ignore that fellow. If some goon tells the fellow to say that Mahinda is the great, great, great putha of buddha he would say yes, just for a position. Archaeology department is a joke like mahavamsa aka mahavambu.

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    Typical Sri Lanka! The law has not been practiced to protect the rights of Tamils since the 1950s.

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    Sri Lanka is a absolutely one and only country for Sinhalese . They have over 2500 years old written history . No Tamil or any other with same history . Even all Yapanaya ( Yapa Patuna ) area all villages with Sinhalese name. No major permenant Tamil residence in Yapanaya area till 1820 . Majority with Sinhalese people .Tamil people take India from work of tobacco cultivation by English government. After with political issues majority Sinhalese come back to south from Yapanaya . Then Tamil become majority and village name convert to Tamil name . Eg
    Hunugama become Chunnakam , Ariyagala become Ariyala , Kadurugoda become Kantarodai….so many .. all with historical proof.
    Even Trincomale Koneshvaran with foundation of Buddhist temple of Gokanna Raja Maha veharaya. After Portugal armed force destroy buddhist temple Hindu Kovi built in English rule time. No long history for Koneshwaran Kovil. Chilaw Munneshwaran same it with buddhist temple foundation.
    All trouble in buddhist temple in north and east area. But very recently built lot of Kovil in around Sri lanka specially in Sinhalese majority area with out any trouble due to good manner in Sinhalese. Keep in mind majority Sinhalese respect kovil and worship it. History can not change by any way…. NO HIDU KOVIL ON GURUKANDA RAJA MAHA VIHARAYA

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      Nomore Praba

      “Sri Lanka is a absolutely one and only country for Sinhalese .”

      So what?
      If that is the case what are a lot of Sinhalese doing outside Sri Lanka? Why can’t they live in the only country for Sinhalese?
      First define who are these Sinhalese?
      Where/how did they originate?

      “They have over 2500 years old written history . No Tamil or any other with same history .”

      Did you check the Jaffna Library before it was burned down by the Sinhalese who were supposedly with 2500 history? The history was compiled in Pali and not in Sinhala. Why? The 2500 year history tells us that a beast raped a beauty and out of that violence the beauty gave birth to Sinhala Race. Was it true?

      By any chance you are a follower of Channa Masala Jayasumana?

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        Nomore Praba

        Ibn Batutta visited this island in 1344, witnessed a huge Hindu temple in
        Tell us about Tenavaram Naga-Rasa Nila Koil which is one five ancient Iswarams, quoted in 7th century by some of the ascetics of Tamilaham in their devotional songs?

        Please stop giving us Sinhala names to places where Tamils have lived for a long time. The names you find from Sinhala/Buddhist racist historians are just a list compiled in the last 50 or so years.

        You must be suffering from 2500 historical hiccups.
        One reason is that you have stuffed the wrong history in your mouth too quickly.

        Are you are professional Historian?

        By the way if you are supporting the mob that burned the body of a sufferen clad thug within the premises of temple, why didn’t you advice every one of those who were involved in the sacrilegious ritual should have taken the corpse to their home and set fire to it in the middle of their house because you claim that “Sri Lanka is a absolutely one and only country for Sinhalese”.

        If you believe this island is the only country for Sinhalese you must be confident enough to behave yourself, treat the people well.

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          Nomore Praba

          Vendakkai (வெண்டைக்காய்) – Okra – baṇḍakkā (බණ්ඩක්කා).

          I take it that Sinhalese were the rightful owners of the land where Tamils (Tamil Nadu as well as in this island) cultivated Vendakkai however it is Tamilised Sinhala name from baṇḍakkā for Okra.

          An amateur Tamil Etymologists once told me Battaramulla was a Tamil village long time ago. It was known as Paththar Moolai (Goldsmith Corner).

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            Borella is derived from Borallu in Sinhalese , which means small stones and this is derived from the Tamil word Paruukai( small stones , Parai means big stone and Parukai means small stones) Colombo it self is a Tamil word synonymous with Kollam in Kerala.

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        Vedda ? Native to where

        Is it true one of Soooo historical people’s whole history was in one library?

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          latha

          Whose history are you talking about?
          If one can condense 2500 years of so called history into one gory book of myth written in an ancient dead language why not others keeping their history on many shelves in a large magnificent building?

          My advice to you, pull your head from wherever it is now and look for information. which is readily available everywhere at no costs.

          Please don’t make yourself an obvious ignorant by being a clever dickhead.

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            Vedda

            Sinhalese history is not only in books or in a library. If you are not blinded or a recent new comer you can see it any where in the Island.

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              Latha

              “you can see it anywhere in the Island”
              I am not a new comer and I am not blind but I cannot see it anywhere, could you please show me?

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                Thambapanni
                They are in our Museums, ancient ruins, giant dagaboes, other monuments, books,inscriptions,ponds, palaces, tanks, canals, temples and many more.

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                  Latha,
                  Are you simply assuming that these are all Sinhalese? Where is evidence to prove? 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. Both Tamil and Sinhala kings ruled the Island alternatively right from the beginning of history and the civilization was created by both. It is not mentioned anywhere that the Sri Lankan civilization is a Sinhala civilization or Tamil civilization.

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                    Thamba

                    “Both Tamil & Sinhala kings ruled the Island alternatively right from the beginning of history & the civilization was created by both.”

                    Mostly Pandya & Kalinga’s invade SL because Sinhalese kings brought queens from them & on some occasions queen’s relatives also claimed the throne. Mahawansha called all the invaders as Tamils even the Portuguese. Elara also did not call him a Tamil (except Mahawansha) but an Aryan not a Dravidayan. In karnataka they had Sena kings Sena with Guttika may be one of them. There were one Chola invasion they did not built civilization here but did looting & destruction.

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        Tamils did not inscribe/engrave inscriptions on stones, instead they recorded everything on ola/palmaryh leaves and on copper plates. When the Portuguese occupied Jaffna after a fierce battle with the Jaffna king, they not only demolished the Hindu temples and harassed the Hindus, but they also burnt down most of the artifacts that belonged to the Tamil Hindus. The ‘Saraswathy Mahal’ which was the Royal Library located in Nallur was burnt down by the Portuguese. It contained more than 90’000 rare and unique ola/palmaryh leaves manuscripts and copper plate records related to History, Science, Poems and lyrics, Novels, Theology and Astrology. Whatever was found/collected later were kept preserved in the Jaffna Library. Some of them that were translated by Arumuga Navalar, Thamotharam Pillai and Saminathaiyar were also kept in the Jaffna Library and was waiting for a comprehensive translation. All gone in smoke once again, completely destroyed this time by the Sinhalese to deliberately and systematically erase all the evidences of the past Tamil presence in the island.

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          This has continued in rcent times by the Hindians, i.e in 1987.

          The descecration and destruction of historical artifacts in Jaffna university by Innocent People Killing Forces of Hindia is/was deliberate and premedidated act to erase and destroy history of Eezhalam Tamils.

          The act of descecration and destruction of historical artifacts in Jaffna university by Innocent People Killing Forces was not commited in the heat of battle or fight.

          It was commited through and by a specific order by polictical authoriy in Delhi.

          So much so that Innocent People Killing Forces of Hindia had time execute part of the order that to confiscate some of those very important atrifacts and transport it to Hindia before burning.

          The intelligence chief of Innocent People Killing Forces of Hindia at that time, Col. Hariharan at the leaset knew about it.

          Of course, there is no writtent record of it. However, it did happen

          This is why I have been saying that Hindia is hell bent Eezham Tamil genocide.

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            At that time in 1987, it was K. P. S. Menon Junior was Foreign Secretary of HIndia.

            Coincidence? Not really. The anti-Tamil Kerela mafia was at work at that time too.

            I believe, M. K. Narayanan was director of IB, internal intelligence.

            However, as M. K. Narayanan was/is considered to be an expert in Tamil ‘militancy’, he was an advisor to Rajeev Ghanthi.

            Before Hindia sigining in 1987, there was a meeting took place between M. R. Narayanan and Prabhakaran in or around (I believe) Kuruvayoor temple, and in that meeting Narayanan requested (ordered) Prabhakaran to drop Thamizh Eezham, and naturally Prabhakaran refused.

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              KA, sad reality is that Tamil politics is dominated by these people who think West/India are the saviours of eelam tamils (i.e the same ones who are complicit in Tamil genocide) and that Tamils cannot do without them. They go on to say that Rajeev Gandhi assasination was the turning point for Indian’s anti-Tamil Sri Lankan stand, when in fact Hindutva/Hindu nationalism of Congress or BJP has always been anti-Tamil. They are now busy importing Hindutva/Sivasenai and whipping up religious tensions in the North-East post 2009. Tamil people need to hold all these actors accountable if they are to respect the sacrifices made for eelam tamil struggle instead of blindly going behind them.

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          Deva

          All gone with ash without knowing any body what it is . Very easy answer. Normally there is an inventory in a library and people know what is there in the library. In this case not a single Tamil man or a scholar did not know what was their history. Portuguese burnt almost every Buddhist temple in the lands they captured. Kelaniya temple completely burnt down. In the 5th century Buddhagosha thero burnt all the books that are written in Sinhala language.but we are not crying we have ample other things to be proud of. Rebuilt the things which were possible. In India Nalanda Univercity was burnt, but Indian History not vanished. Worst thing is people without a history try to create a history in a funny way, like twisting names adding the adjective Tamil in a possesive form.

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      Chingkallam Gamma is derived from Thamizh Kammam ( village) Gala is derived from Thamizh Kallu( stone) Chingkalla word Goda derived from Thamizh Koadu( mound) . The word Kandurigoda was only coined up Chingkalla Buddhist Fascists to claim this ancient Thamizh Buddhist site and ruins that is even mentioned in the Tamil epic Mamimakalai, as Chingkallam. Most of these ruins are Mahayana Buddhist ruins and so are many ancient Buddhist ruins in the east. Ancient Thamizh Buddhists belonged to both the Theravada and Mahayana sects but Chingkallams only belonged to the Theravada sect but now even trying to claim not only Thamizh Theravada Buddhist ruins but even ancient Thamizh Mahayana sect Buddhist ruins as theirs. Chingkallam language and the Chingkalla people only evolved and came into existence around the 8TH century that is 1300-1500 years ago. They were still evolving as a people and evolved from the local Thamizh speaking Yakka , some Naga and Indian immigrants largely Thamizh again. 35% of Sinhalese vocabulary or even more is from Thamizh. Cingkallam borrowed Thamizh grammar, lexicon and alphabet. Everything else about the Chingkallams is from Thamizh. Not the other way around. Now the daughter is claiming the mother if from her , instead of the other way around. The Konneswaran temple in Trincomalee belongs to one of the five ancient prehistoric Iswarams , that is even mentioned in the epic Ramayana as a Saivite Hindu temple. Go and tell your lies to someone other idiot .

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koneswaram_Temple

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        Tamil know your name to village. Grammam is a Sanskrit word. Gama is derived from it.

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          Poi paraiyum Latha Kutti or Kallam Paraiyum Latha Kutti, nee oru mandu. Kammam in ancient Thamizh, especially in the Eezham Thamozh dialect now gone out of usage, is a word used for a place of agriculture or a village. Hence many ancient villages were named Kam or Kammam, Veli Kammam means the sandy village or the outside /open village. Kathir Kammam the abode or village or Lord Murugan. Kathir ( spear of Lord Murugan) . There are many place names ending in Kammam that are still surviving in the North and East. The Sanskrit word Grammam and the Pali word Gama may have originated from Kammam. Lots of Sanskrit word have a Thamizh/Dravidian origin. In Thamizh the word Grammam was generally used for a Brahmin village.

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        Padi kotti

        In Dutch maps of Jaffna, they mention Veligamo. After that only it Tamilized as Valikamam. Even you are a Padi you don’t know at some stage our kings embraced Mahayana Buddhism.

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          Latha

          Dutch maps of Jaffna? Why refer to Dutch maps, why not Sinhala maps?

          Since the grammar and vocabulary of Tamil and Sinhala are so close with many common words, you can take a Tamil word/sentence and convert it to Sinhala with almost the same word order and meaning. The best example is our National Anthem.

          In the Portuguese/Dutch maps, the actual place names are misspelled/mispronounced/twisted due to the inability of the Europeans to accurately sound a local names. They did not have the proper phonemes to denote the voiced grapheme of Tamil/Sinhala languages. Simply by looking at a Portuguese or Dutch map of Ceylon with misspelled/mispronounced names and concluding them as Sinhala names is simply fooling some ignorant Sinhalese with twisted assumptions.

          Some of the crocked 20th century Sinhala Buddhist pseudo scholars took full advantage of the similarity between the two languages (Tamil & Sinhala) to play with words by twisting, turning, corrupting and creating very similar Sinhala names to convince the ignorant gullible Sinhala Buddhist majority that the original names were from Sinhala origin which the Tamils changed later.

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            Thambapanni

            Sinhala language & Tamil is not similar at all. Even a Sinhala person can,t bear the sounds when Tamil is speaking. ( said not to hurt anybody) That is a vey harsh language to ears. That may be a reason why not many people listen to Tamil songs instead of Hindi.

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              latha

              You seem to be a total ignorant. You should speak to a person who knows both Sinhala and Tamil to understand all these. The pronunciation/sound may be harsh but many words are similar. Listen to the Sri Lankan National anthem in both languages, it has the same words/meaning in both languages. Also remember that Tamil is a classical language.

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              Good catch, latha. There do not seem to be many Tamil words in Sinhala (less than 1%). There are less than 100 on the Wikipage. All the words that are common in everyday usage (kade, akka, mudalali, hothi, paripu, etc.) are on the list with the exception of the slang word “aiyo” (Tamils say iyo).It says here that most of the words are related to trade, food, and agriculture. It also says most of these words were brought by Tamil-speaking Muslim traders. This makes sense. They probably introduced the South Indian cuisine and dress to Sri Lanka as well. Anyone can see the Sanskrit influence is much more, just look at the numbers.

              One (ekam), Two (dve). Three (treeni), Four (chatvaari), Five (pancha), Six (shat), Seven (sapta), Eight (ashta), Nine (nava), Ten (dasha)

              Easily you can see the Sinhala equivalents, ekka (1), paha (5), hatha (7), ata (8), namaya (9), dahaya (10). The Tamil equivalent of these numbers is not even close.

              Some are claiming Sinhalese took Tamil names and changed the names of Tamil towns and cities, so what. That has nothing to do with the original language.

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              Of course you are an ignorant racist anti Tamil creature and everything or anything Tamil will sound harsh to you and anything else sweet . as you Sinhalese badly want to be North Indian wannabees. Everything about the Sinhalese reeks of Tamils , even their vocabulary is 40% Tamil derived. If Tamil sounds harsh so will Sinhalese. You are nothing but a nasty crude racist creature and your racism and anti Tamil bias oozes out of all your comments and lies

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          Ediye Latha,. Poi pesathe. ” In Dutch maps of Jaffna they mention Veligamo ” . So what . Does this make this Chingkallam? They are posting name places as per Dutch pronunciation and spelling not Thamizh or Chingkallam. Velikammam or its Chingkalla version Veligama ( all meaning Sandy village ) sound very similar and are very similarly written , proving how close both languages are in many of their vocabulary , as 30% or more of Chingkalla vocabulary is Thamizh derived. Oh by the way Latha Kutti the Chingkalla word Weli or Wali for sandy or sand is derived from Thamizh Veli meaning an open sandy space. In French maps the city of London is called Londres. As per your stupid argument London was a French city as in French maps it is called Londres and not London. Go and get a life. Desperately clutching at straws.

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      Nomore Praba
      You boast about a 2500 years old written Sinhala history that was neither written in Sinhala nor says anything about Sinhala. You boast about an ancient Sinhala history and civilization which is not mentioned anywhere in the ancient artifacts or publications or inscriptions as Sinhala.
      Even though the Sinhala Language was created in Sri Lanka using Sanskrit, Pali and Tamil, both Sinhala and Tamil languages have its origin in India, and both of them have many similar or identical words. More than 30% of the Sinhala vocabulary consists of Tamil words.
      Sinhala names are not unique to Sri Lanka, if you travel around India (from North to South and East to West), you can find 80% of the Sinhala names with a very slight variation.
      The Old Tamil names found in Northeast was existing for many centuries and most of them have a clear meaning in Tamil and is unique to the traditional Tamil areas.

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        Thambapanni Man

        Japanese language came from China. Burmese people & language also came from China. Thailand people came from China. Korean script from China. English language mostly from German. Are you surprised pathetic person? To you it is a reason to ridicule a nation.

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          pathetic latha,

          I am not bothered about China even though we all may have to learn Chinese in the future, however the Sinhala language is from India (North & South). If reveling the truth/fact ridicule a nation, what can I do? By the way who is this so called ‘Nation’? Are you referring to the Sinhala ethnic group?

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            Thambapanni

            Publish the Tamil vocabulary in Sinhala Language. Don’t keep it as a secret.

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              latha

              It is not a secret, Rev. S. Gnanapiragasam has already published it. For an ignorant person like you, the best thing is to speak to a person who knows both Tamil and Sinhala. Also refer ‘Sinhala Bhashave Demala Vacana Akaradiya’.

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      You should go work for Disney, you are a great fiction writer!

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    Simply, the author is very bias (for Hindus) . Its as simple as that.

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    Useless talking about 2500 years of history. Whether one likes it or not we were under the Britsh rule until 1948. Let us keep 1948 as the base year and ascertain the population in the NORTH/EAST. You will find that in 1948 not even 2% were Sinhalese in the east and 1% in the North. In other words, the Tamil speaking people were in the majority in N/E from time immemorial. That is the reason why the Tamils wanted a Federal State for the Tamil speaking people which includes Muslims as well. It is not a division of the country but a division of power so that we can escape the wrath of the Sinhalese who want to Colonize North/East not only with people but also with viharas and Buddha statues all over and in the Hindu temples as well. The Sinhalese are not interested in praying but interested in making PREY of the Tamils. Oh! Lord Buddha, please assist your followers to understand you well. Thank You.

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      K.Ananga

      It is luck British did not plan to cultivate tobacco in North Central Province. Otherwise these areas also become time immemorial Tamil Homelands., all the Buddhist ruins automatically become Tamil Buddhist’s.

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        latha

        “It is luck British did not plan to cultivate tobacco in North Central Province. “

        Instead they planted coffee, tea, and rubber and brought hundreds of thousands of hard working people to work in the estates knowing that locals were too lazy to work. Those hard working men and women have been the backbone of this island for quite some time.

        Its high time the proud Lankies stopped sending their women folks to Middle East Medieval kingdoms and prevent them from being humiliated, sexually assaulted, ………………..

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        Latha

        The British did not cultivate tobacco in any part of Sri Lanka, they only cultivated Tea and Rubber in the upcountry. The upcountry Tamils have NEVER claimed the upcountry as Tamil Homeland.

        However it is luck (for the Sinhalese) that premium quality cinnamon grew only in Southern Sri Lanka. When the Portuguese arrived in Sri Lanka, they increased the production and peeling of cinnamon (it was their staple export) in a very large scale by bringing tens of thousands of South Indian slave labor and settled them in the Sinhala speaking Southern and Western provinces as menial laborers/coolies for growing/peeling cinnamon. Portuguese (and later the Dutch) came to Sri Lanka for Cinnamon (NOT Tobacco) and cinnamon grew only in the South. Those South Indians turned to Buddhism/Christianity and eventually got naturalized as Sinhala Buddhists and Sinhala Catholics by adopting the Sinhala language/culture. Today they do not know their actual ancestry, they think they are fully-fledged Native Sinhalayo. The Sinhalese population increased and became a majority only after assimilating with the South Indians who were brought by the Portuguese and the Dutch. You also may be one of their descendants.

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      K.Anaga,
      “That is the reason why the Tamils wanted a Federal State for the Tamil speaking people which includes Muslims as well.”

      Native Sinhalayo are willing to give 20% of the land in the North for a separate State , on the condition that all Demala speaking Malabaris (including Muslims) are willing to relocate so that the problem can be solved for good.

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    Kalmunai south and Ninthavur prathesa Saba leaders have informed the Tamil Hindu officers working there that they should not celebrate sarasvathi pooja in the offices this year. These Hindu officers have been celebrating each year without any obstruction and the sudden decision of refusal has caused anger and distress to them. I hope some reasonable minded Muslim leaders in the eastern province will appeal to these fanatical Muslim members and leaders of both prathesa Sabas to withdraw their decision and allow the Hindus to celebrate.

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      Sri Lanka will never improve due Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism and now Salafist/Wahhabi Islamic fanaticism from the local Muslims , most of whom only arrived from South India ( not from any part of Arabia, North Africa, or even North India, as they fondly love to claim) a few centuries ago. Tamil Hindus have been living and ruling the entire east from time immemorial and Muslims only arrived and settled in the east a few centuries ago , as refugees fleeing persecution. It is the ancestors of these Tamil Hindus living around Kalmunai and Ninthavur , who gave refuge to the ancestors of these Muslim fanatics , when they fled persecution , now their descendants are persecution the very same people , who took pity on them and gave refuge, in the name if Islamic majoritarianism . All the place names in the east , other than the recently given Sinhalese and Islamic names , are Tamil , so is the ancient history and ruins etc. Nothing Sinhalese or Muslim , as they are recent arrivals. Now these two recent arrivals to the ancient Hindu Tamil east, despite fighting with each other in the rest of the country , are ganging up together in the north and east, especially in the east to discriminate and marginalise the native Tamils , in the name of Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism and Wahhabi Islamic fake Arab fanaticism.

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        ‘Sri Lanka will never improve due Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism and now Salafist/Wahhabi Islamic fanaticism’

        SSS are you claiming that the Tamil community are innocent of fascim and fanaticism? Just read what Cholan writes.

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          Bawa

          “SSS are you claiming that the Tamil community are innocent of fascim and fanaticism?”

          It depends what Hindians want to do with the little islanders of this country. The Indians are capable of creating Fascists in this island, irrespective of their race, religion, region, …..
          They are being too busy creating their own Fascist in Hindia.

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    This Island article below has references and links to read them in the internet about books written by Portuguese, Dutch, English historians and eye witness accounts about people lived in North and East when Portuguese arrived and captured Sri Lanka specially Jaffna. Even agreement of capturing Jaffna kingdom was written in Portuguese and Chingala (Singhalese Language). They came from India and they definite new about the Tamil Language. Please go and read them before modifying history.

    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=202697

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.Persistent trolling will not be tolerated.
      For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

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      Only partially accurate. As per historical records the last war for the kingdom of Jaffna was fought between the Portuguese and the King of Kandy. This was after the fall of the Jaffna kingdom to the Portuguese. The king of Kandy, then claimed large parts of the kingdom of Jaffna , south of the peninsular , as his territory and sent his troops to capture these lands and even briefly occupied Jaffna. However he was soon repulsed by the Portuguese and his troops defeated. The king may have done this as the Kandyan kingdom was landlocked and relied on the Jaffna kingdom for sea access and this was now denied, due to the Portuguese capture. This does not mean the last king of Jaffna was a Sinhalese, as implied by some, or the kingdom of Jaffna was ruled by Sinhalese. The Kingdom of Jaffna and Kandy were closely allied. Both of King Senarath’s sons were married to the princess from the kingdom of Jaffna. Genetically Sri Lankan Tamils are closer to the Kandyan Sinhalese , that to the Low Country Sinhalese. Both the Portuguese and the Kandyan king fought for the spoils of the kingdom of Jaffna , after its defeat to the Portuguese. The Portuguese won the ultimate battle and the entire kingdom of Jaffna came to their hands. This was the entire north and the northern half of the eastern province. This also consisted of all the ports. Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee and Batticaloa. The king of Kandy had be content with the southern eastern Tamil Vannimais , which were already under his loose control.

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    Neeraviyadi Incident & Reclaiming Our Plural History

    The Jaffna People’s Forum for Coexistence finds the incident that occurred in Neeraviyadi, Mullaitivu last week deeply disturbing. Since the Easter attacks, inter-religious relations have become more fragile in Sri Lanka. In this context, what happened in Neeraviyadi might lead to the further deterioration of religious and ethnic coexistence. We have a duty to prevent incidents of this nature in the future by initiating mutually supportive conversations between the different communities that inhabit this island.

    *** What happened is a Tip of the Iceberg. This is the by product of Colonisation through the backdoor. No one other than “Wiggy” protested about this. On the part of TNA there is complacentcy coupled with lack of power to do anything. TNA can mobilse masses but they are busy driving around in Limousines provided by the GOSL. and they are afraid of loosing their perks.
    Kindnap and ransome by the Sinhalese Police is rampant and the order of the day and we have seen businessmen being killed for money and ordinary people being ripped off for minor traffic offences.
    Unless Land & Police Powers are granted the Northern Tamils will cease to exist. TNA should take this up. with India and the wider World if and when Gotha & MR take the reigns

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    Moderator

    Have you considered taking early retirement as you are struggling to cope.

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    This story is not reported properly. The truth is different. Why do they not go to courts to settle it.

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      JD

      Which world are you. in. In fairness to the Courts it ordered againt what the Buddhist mobs dod but defied the Order so for your information this is what is happening in your wretchd Country. There os rule( Court Order) this tome but no Law and Order It is bound to get worse under Gotha just as I am struggling with CT to bring the reality of Tamil Population to readers. I am a battler.

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    The Sinhalese script is borrowed from Telugu. They look very similar in shape. The reason being when the Buddist monks who came to the island from Andhra they wanted to give a separate identity to Buddhist Nagas. The Sinhalese language is a mixture of Pali, Sanskrit, Tamil and Elu.
    Vijaya was a Hindu. Before his arrival to the Island there existed 5 Hindu Iswarams in all 4 directions North, South, East and West.

    The scholar and historian, Dr Paul E. Pieris declared in 1917, at a meeting of the Royal Asiatic Society (Ceylon Branch), that:[1]

    “ Long before the arrival of Vijaya, there was in Lanka five recognised Ishwarams of Shiva which claimed and received the adoration of all India”.

    Tamil contributed to the enrichment of Buddhism for several centuries up to the 9th century AD/

    Out of the five major Tamil epics two are written by Tamil Buddhist poets. Manimekalai written by Saththanar is a mater piece. It belonged to the Mahayana sect. Tamil kings built Buddhist Viharas and maintained them. Emperor Rajaraja Cholan 1 built the Rajarajaperumpalli at Thiriyai in the east. It is now called Velgam Vihara.

    Most family names are similar. Amma, Maama, Achchi, Thath tha, Sahotharaya, Sahothari, Aiya, Akka,Massina,

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      The Sinhalese script is largely borrowed from Tamil and not Telugu . Tamil script was also very rounded and only became square a few centuries ago. According to Dr. C.E. Godakmubara, the Sinhala Grammar Sidathsangarawa was based on the Tamil Grammar Virasolium in the 11th A.D. With the mixture of Tamil, Pali and Sanskrit languages, evolved that Sinhala language during 8 A.D. It was not Pali or Sanskrit, but the Tamil language that helped in the formation of the Sinhala alphabets. The alphabets of the Sinhala language are round in shape like the alphabets of the other Dravidian languages. Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and proto-Tamil. In the 10th century. Tamils changed the shape of their alphabets to the square shape.

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    “The first genetic study of Vedda along with other Asian populations suggested their long period of isolation. However, the analysis of alpha-2-HS-glycoprotein allele frequencies supports the view that
    the Veddas are biologically most closely related to the Sinhalese.”

    Source: Language isolates and their genetic identity: a commentary on mitochondrial DNA history of
    Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations – Gyaneshwer Chaubey

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      There is some relationship between the Vedda and the Sinhalese , due to some assimilation process and it is the same in the east where many Vedda have assimilated into the Tamil identity but this is very little , both amongst the Sinhalese and Tamils. Both people cluster with Indians , especially with the population of South India.

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    Vedda
    Your name is good. But do not know true in History. Even simple things.
    1.Sinhaleas have only one country. It mean by historic it belongs to them. Their culture built in their society built in……their blood sacrifice to mother land. …so ..so
    Sinhaleas can live any of country according to that country culture and law….but it is different from live in mother SriLanka.
    2. Sinhaleas are live in before come King Vijaya. It name Helayian. Thun (3) Helayian as Yakkaha, Naga, Dehava. After came Vijaya they mix with natives and all group use as Helayian or Sinhaleas.
    I am given one physical evidence from Anuradhapra, Ethul Nuwara near Dakkhina stupa found pot shred belongs to 700 BC with most oldest Sinhala letters. This is the main
    .
    proofing of Sinhaleas live in Sri Lanka before Vijaya come here.
    Also can see King Uttiya (207′ – 197 BC)
    one stone inscription in old Sinhala not in Pali. But majority write with Pali due to Buddhist .
    3.Oldest Hindu kovil found in SriLanka is Polonaruwa Shewa Devalaya no 1.built by King Raja Raja 1 ( Chola ) in 11th century. But due to archaeology excavation on 17.03.2019 found it built in foundation of Buddhist temple. After distroy Buddha stature build in Kovil. Now you can go Polonaruwa and can check. These are the true story.
    4.Koneswan same. Portuguese General Costain De Saa ordered distorted Gokanna Raja Maha Viharaya on 1624 and very clearly mentioned it is a Buddhist temple.After early 1960 it rebuild in foundation on temple. Untill 08.10.1964 the large boo tree in front of kovil till cutting fundamental Hinduism.

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    Vedda
    5. The Travels of Ibn Batuta
    Translated from Abridged Arabic Manuscript copies 1829
    Page 183-192 with SriLanka tour and never mentioned he see any Hindu kovil in tour. Only mentioned stature in size in man with eye fashioned by two big rubies.on his way to Adams peak .(Sripadaya ) Never mentioned Hindu or Buddhist. One can told it is a Buddha stature. Also he told he meet Muslim and Chinese people at top of Adams peak .Because he is Muslim and instead them .Not interested Buddhist or Hindu.
    Do not write wrong thingside.
    6.All SriLanka with mean full Sinhala village names. At present north area convert it to tamil type.
    Even Jaffna old name is Nagadeepa
    King Vasabh (67-111 AD) famous gold plate inscription found from Jaffna Vallipuram area clearly mentioned area name with Nagadeepa and person name Isigiriya . These are evidence not a poet like Yalpana Vaipava Malai (1736).
    Refer 1651 very famous Dutch made Ceylon map. Can see Jaffna area with Sinhala village names.
    7. Every area with Sinhala majority but it change due to Malabar slavery trade act on 25.03.1807 by British parliament. Then lot of Malabar (Tamil ) come from India for tobacco cultivation in North and some area of East. According to 1869 correspondence of Malabar Coolies in Ceylon period of 1843_1867
    1,446,407 Malabar come to Sri Lanka.
    Because of North area majority become Malabar over Sinhaleas.
    Even dig all SriLanka can not find any Tamil evidence older than Sinhaleas evidence. In SriLanka Sinhaleas are old than Tamil and spread all over the country since from beginning

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      Write good English so that we can understand what you say. Mahavamsa gives the authoritative origin of the Singalese. They were born of the buggery of a women by a lion, then with the son fornicating with his sister and then the son killing the lion. Buggery, bestiality, parricide and sister-fucking origins of a great race needs to be celebrated by others-you got to be joking.

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        Kbaragoya

        I read your comments on the origin of the Singhalese race to my middle-aged housekeeper, and I had to carefully explain as best as I could ‘buggery of women’, ‘son fornicating with sister’, bestiality, parricide, and sister-fucking. The good lady listened calmly and then with typical sang froid said “Sir, there is a lot of all that about these days too”. I nodded my head in agreement.

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    Mr Thanga
    From where you search this wrong stories? Sinhala language belongs to Indo Arrange branch of Indo European languages. It has not relation with family of Dravidian language like Tamil or Thelegu or …..
    Please check writing way in Thai. It is just like Sinhala. Not only Thai but also ancient Malakka language close with Sinhala. Writing pattern is not a main source of identity family of language.
    Who built Vilgam Vehera ? According to archaeology it built period of King Bhatika Tissa (141-165 AD) of his commander Abaga. Then it name is Abagara Viharaya. Then it developed by King Agkbo 2 (608-618) These two kings stone inscription still available at temple and can understand who built it. While Chola attack to our country Chola king of Rajaraja 1 (1014’1027 ) destroy lot of temples and some converted to Hindu kovil.
    But here Rajaraja adding their own structure to Abagara Viharaya and rename with Rajarajeperumpalli.
    At present can see Tamil stone inscription belongs to Rajaraja and his son Rajendra (1014-1027) can understand what he done to temple.
    After Chola time King Vijayabha 1 (1055 -1110) develop temple and his inscription also established in Temple. But never remove Rajaraja Tamil inscription. That is the nature of Sinhaleas . Another inscription in Temple with belongs to Parakramabahu the Great(1153 -1186). It mentioned development and donations to temple.
    Please go Trinco and visit this temple by your own eyes can understand true story.
    Please do not write historic events from here and there with mixing wrong details

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    No more Praba, you are not alive, you are not telling the truth and your are dreaming. This is the problem with some of you guys who want to create a history. It is always difficult but worst keep you always in confusion and conflict. Hang Indo Aryan or Indo European origin, proof of the pudding is in the eating. Just see sinhala and its intimate relations to Thamil, Pali, Sanskrit and vedda languages. It is also rational and logical because Lanka is close to Dravida Nadu (some even claim one land mass) while Pali and Sanskrit came with buddhism from the North of India. Before Pali and Sanskrit (pre buddhism period) it was tamil and Vedda languages. How about the entire culture, religious practices despite introduction of Buddhism, food habits, dress, festivals, art, dances, and many many more all infused from the south tamil nadu region. Also note the close relationship with Kerala with its language only around 500 years old arose from Tamil and sanskrit. If there was sinhala why Mahavamsa in Pali written around 600 CE when no one except these monks could understand it? This ignorance also gave them the chance to tell all kinds of lies and also 100 % copycat from Hindu epics and legends including Ramayana and Mahabaradha. Even tamil sangam literature of great importance and values partly wrote about buddhism in tamil by tamil buddhsit monks in tamil nadu(Manimekalai, Kundalakesi, etc). Very contrary to Ramayana, the oldets north indian hindu epic, you guys have given an entirely a different twist to even Ravana as a Sinhala buddhist, oh what a lie. You guys even hide the epic version of Ravana getting thrashed by Rama for abducting his wife. Now you guys even trying to say that Sita is a cousin of Ravana. Sky is the limit for you guys.

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      Nathan
      Your comment just like fruit salad. Mixing with lot of myth with little true. Who are you believe archaeogist?who are belive language experts ? How you told and what are evidence in Sinhala is not a Indo Aryan language?
      You are deeply sunk in a myths.
      I give every thing with evidence not from Mahawanshaya from ground evidence, present inscriptions
      What Ramayanaya, Mahabarathaya……
      These are number one myths.
      But Mahawanshaya is 1000 value than either Ramayanaya or Mahabarathaya. It shows some guidance. Majority with proof from present archaeological excavation. .
      Before Buddhist never with tamil or Vedda script……even Vedda not with script ..You are the person who dreaming in the sky. Before Buddhist here with Old Sinhala Brahmi script. Check with my evidence in pot piece script.
      I know same period South. India with Dravidian language family with name tamil Brahmi script. It symbols are different from Sinhala Brahmi script.

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