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Charles Henry de Soysa ( At the time of his death in 1890 he owned over 74 plantations totalling approximately 27,000 acres. His immovable assets also included valuable residential properties in Moratuwa, Kandy, the Colombo City and its suburbs; his capit ...

Naming Conventions & Genealogy of Some Sri Lankan Families

Naming Conventions of Sri Lanka (The Tamil community has a completely unique and different method of nomenclature. They also, usually, use two names, the first representing their father's name and the second representing their own. Eg; Ponnambalam Ramanat ...

Rodi: Sri Lanka's Untouchables

Sri Lanka's Untouchables - Rodi (N o Sinhalese caste has aroused so much wonder and curiosity as the Rodi once the `untouchables' of Sri Lanka. Indeed there is something mysterious about this people who claim descent from Sinhalese royalty but who have fo ...

Caste System of Sri Lanka

When the Portuguese began to trade extensively with South Asia, they quickly noticed a fundamental difference between South Asian societies and those of other world areas. In India and Sri Lanka, societies are broken up into a large number of groups who d ...

Sri Lankan Blacks

Kaffirs : Descendants of enslaved Africans (The Kaffirs were brought to Sri Lanka by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, as a part of the naval force and for domestic work. Portuguese seafarers carried the first kaffirs to what was then Ceylon in the 1500s ...

Ceylon Jews

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Ceylon Jews

The Jews of old Ceylon (The Jews were a thriving community in this country till the beginning of World War II. We had a Justice of the Supreme Court in the colonial days who was a Jew, name of Schneider. Then came World War II and I lost sight and trace o ...

The Colombo Chetties ( Colombo Chetty )

The Colombo Chetties - who were they? (The advent of the Colombo Chetty community from Nagapatnam, India is well documented from 1663 during the reign of King Rajasingha 11 of Kandy, and the governorship of the Dutch Ryckloff Van Goens. With the arrival o ...

Burghers

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Burghers

When the Portuguese arrived in Sri Lanka in 1505 they brought soldiers and other supporting staff. Those who settled down got married to local women and a new ethnic group was born. Soon, the Dutch and the British followed. The descendants of the union be ...

Malay - "Ja Minissu"

Sri Lankan Malay People - "Ja Minissu"( Sri Lanka's Malays are largely descended from political exiles including chiefs and nobles, soldiers, convicts and freed slaves from the Indonesian archipelago and the Malayan peninsula who were brought over to the ...

Muslims (Moors)

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Muslims (Moors)

There have been Muslims in Sri Lanka for well over a thousand years. Trading dhows plied the waters between the Middle East and the island known to Arab sailors - like the legendary Sinbad - as Serendib even in pre-Islamic times. The first Muslim merchant ...

Tamils

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Tamils

Dravidian Settlements in Ceylon ( Excerpts - Karthigasu Indrapalan's PhD Thesis - University of London 1965 ) http://www.spur.asn.au/drav.htm Indian Origin Tamils of Sri Lanka ( 51 years into Independence ) http://www.lanka.net/lakehouse/1999/02/05/f ...

Sinhalese

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Sinhalese

The People of the Lion - by K.N.O. Dharmadasa ( SPUR web site ) http://www.spur.asn.au/lion.htm Ancient Sinhala Civilization ( by Sydney Karunawardena ) http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~sydney/sinhales.htm Origin of the Sinhala race ( by Rohan Jayeti ...

Sri lankan Gypsies:  Ahikuntika

Ahikuntika: Sri Lankan gypsy clan (Gypsies or Ahikuntikas, are among the few isolated communities in the country like Veddahs and Rodiyas, say experts.) The gypsy who stayed (Gypsies were always around in Anuradhapura during Poson and Vesak when pilgri ...

Veddhas - Sri Lankan Aborigines

"I was born in the forest. My ancestors come from here. We are the forest beings, and I want to live and die here. And even if I were reborn only as a fly or an ant, I would still be happy so long as I knew I would come back to live here in the forest." - ...

Yakkas,  Rakshasas & Nagas - ( Yakas , Yakos, Naagas )

Yakkas - The Ancient Sri Lankans ( These Expert Horsemen Developed Hydrolic Civilization in the Country ) The original inhabitants of Lanka: Yakas & Nagas (Sri Lanka is said to have been inhabited by Yakkas (demon-worshippers) , Rakshasas and Nagas (s ...

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