Author Archive for History

Myths and Misinterpretations of the Kandyan Convention of 1815 

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Harindra Dunuwille Much has been said and written about the Kandyan Convention of 1815 whereby the Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. Historians and writers have over the years interpreted the events that led to the signing and the cessation of what was the last bastion of Sinhale”. The document itself, its drafting, its […]

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Kandyan Convention of 1815 – A Convention violated and dishonoured

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

by Senaka Weeraratna (This is an edited version of a paper read out at a Public Seminar on the ‘ Kandyan Convention of 1815’ held at the University of Peradeniya, Arts Theatre, on March 09, 2019) The Kandyan Convention (‘Ingrisy – Sinhale Givisuma’) must be examined in the context of British colonial policy seeking British supremacy […]

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Ancient humans hunted monkeys for tens of thousands of years

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

By Virginia Morell  Courtesy sciencemag.org If you picture early humans dining, you likely imagine them sitting down to a barbecue of mammoth, aurochs, and giant elk meat. But in the rainforests of Sri Lanka, where our ancestors ventured about 45,000 years ago, people hunted more modest fare, primarily monkeys and tree squirrels. Then they turned the bones of […]

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Forest monkey hunters of Late Pleistocene Sri Lanka

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

john hawks weblog Fascinating: Ancient humans hunted monkeys for tens of thousands of years”. If you picture early humans dining, you likely imagine them sitting down to a barbecue of mammoth, aurochs, and giant elk meat. But in the rainforests of Sri Lanka, where our ancestors ventured about 45,000 years ago, people hunted more modest fare, […]

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Ancient Humans Living in the Rainforest Hunted Monkeys and Squirrels

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

By Jane Recker SMITHSONIAN.COM After analyzing nearly 15,000 animal remains in Sri Lanka, scientists found humans used carved stone and bone fragments to hunt small game The gray tufted langur was a favorite target for the early humans of Fa Hien Cave in Sri Lanka. (USO / iStock) Early humans were capable of hunting small mammals like monkeys […]

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Sri Lanka’s Independence – a direct outcome of Japan’s entry to the Second World War which sealed the fate of European Colonialism in Asia

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

by Senaka Weeraratna (Attorney – at – Law) Sri Lanka together with several other Asian countries owe much in winning their freedom, to Japan’s entry to the Second World War and the resulting chain of events that sealed the fate of European colonialism in Asia. Jawaharlal Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister (1947 – 1964) when asked in […]

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කාවන්තිස්ස රජුට ස්ත්‍රී ආභරණ යැව්වේ දුටුගැමුණු කුමරු නොවේ. මහානාම හිමි යි – ආචාර්ය රාජ් සෝමදේව

Monday, January 21st, 2019

ප්‍රවීණ මාධ්‍යවේදී උපාලි සමරසිංහ විසින් රචිත ‘‘මහ රජ ගැමුණු ජයමග ඔස්සේ’’ කෘතිය පසුගිය 10 වන දින කොළඹ 07 නිදහස් මාවතේ ජාතික පුස්තකාල හා ප්‍රලේඛන සේවා මණ්ඩලයේ දී ජන ගත කෙරිණ. මැටරඹ හේමරතන නාහිමිපාණන් මෙම උත්සවයේ මුලසුන හෙබවූ අතර පුරාවිද්‍යා චක්‍රවර්තී එල්ලාවල මේධානන්ද හිමි සහ මහාචාර්ය රාජ් සෝමදේව, ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්ය අත්තනායක එම්. හේරත් යන මහත්වරු දෙසුම් […]

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World’s oldest clove? Here’s what our find in Sri Lanka says about the early spice trade

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Courtesy the conversation.com The history of the spice trade conjures up exotic images of caravans plying the Silk Road in storied antiquity as well as warfare between European powers vying for control of what, pound for pound, were among the most valuable commodities in the known world. One of the most valuable of the spices […]

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රන්වන් ලිය අතින් ඝාතනය වූ කසුප් රජුගේ නිල් උපුලිය ගැබිනියක්

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

 තිලකා රන්දෙනි  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින අද සීගිරියේ ඇති බොහෝ චිත‍්‍ර මැකී ගොසිනි. ඒ නිසාම ඒ යුගය ගැන එතරම් පැහැදිලි රූපයක් මවාගත නොහැකිය. එහෙත් චිත‍්‍ර මැකී ගිය ද එක්තරා වාසනාවකට සීගිරි ගී තවමත් කැටපත් පවුරේ ඇත. යම් යම් ලේඛකයෝ වරින් වර තම තම නැණ පමණින් ඒවා විග‍්‍රහ කරති. මේ ගී විග‍්‍රහයන් අඩංගු පොත් දෙකක් හා මෝහන ප‍්‍රතිගමනයක් […]

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ඌවේ කැරැල්ලේ පුරෝගාමී කිවුලේගෙදර මොහොට්‌ටාල..

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

ලිලානි සුරවීර  (FB) ක්‍රි.ව. 1815 දී උඩරට රාජධානිය ඉංග්‍රීසීන්ට යටත් වීමට හේතු වූ ප්‍රධාන කාරණයක්‌ වූයේ එවකට උඩරට සිටි ප්‍රධානීන් බලලෝභයෙන් භේදභින්න වී කටයුතු කිරීමය. ඔවුහු පසුව ඉංග්‍රීසීන් උඩරටට ගෙන්වා ගෙන ගිවිසුමක්‌ ද අත්සන් කරමින් උඩරට පාලන බලය බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය අධිරාජ්‍යයට පැවරුවෝය. එතැන් පටන් ඉංග්‍රීසීන් විසින් ගෙන ගිය පාලනය උඩරට රදළයන් බලාපොරොත්තු නොවූ එසේම රදළයන්ට අවාසි […]

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Remembering the Uva Wellassa Rebellion

Monday, December 17th, 2018

By Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion – Frederick Douglass -American Author Around two centuries ago our ancestors launched a heroic struggle against the mighty British Empire in an uprising in order to gain freedom from British colonial rule. Reminiscences of that struggle still haunt […]

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Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour ignited the liberation of Asia from Western domination – Time to express Asia’s Gratitude to Japan

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

By Senaka Weeraratna, Categories: Greater East Asian Conference ,Greater East Asian War (Pacific War) ,Japanese History (Culture) Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour ignited the liberation of Asia from Western domination – Time to express Asia’s Gratitude to Japan bySenaka Weeraratna Attorney at Law (Sri Lanka) Good Afternoon. Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to speak to you […]

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“In Memory of the Heroic Freedom Struggles of 1818 and 1848” 

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Key-note address delivered at the University, Peradeniya, Kandy By Dr. Palitha Kohona, Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Former Foreign Secretary  26 November 2018 Today we look back on a heroic struggle that our ancestors waged 200 years ago   against the mightiest empire that the world had known up […]

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Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour ignited the liberation of Asia from Western domination – Time to express Asia’s Gratitude to Japan

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

by  Senaka Weeraratna Attorney at Law (Sri Lanka) Good Afternoon.  Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. The title of my presentation is ‘Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour ignited the liberation of Asia from Western domination – Time to Express Asia`s Gratitude to Japan`.  This is a very important topic […]

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How Sri Lanka got its lizards (and what it says about the island’s history)

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Bhanu Sridharan Courtesy scroll.in A study shows Sri Lanka’s dry zone lizards are also found in India, but its wet zone species are endemic. The Indian termite hill gecko. | Prashanthns/Wikimedia Commons [Licensed under CC BY 3.0   Most households in South Asia would have at some point given shelter to the common house gecko Hemidactylus frenatus. […]

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Shanghai Museum claims finding Chinese ceramic in Lankan ruins

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Courtesy China Daily Archaeologists sift the dirt carefully (left) to discover the ancient ceramic pieces (right) at the Allaippidy site in Sri Lanka, majority of which appear to have been made in China and have traveled along the ancient maritime Silk Road. [Photo provided to China Daily] Archaeologists from Shanghai Museum have unearthed a large […]

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නිදහස එපා කී “පිං” පියා ගේ නිදහසේ රඟ.

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Dharma Sri Kariyawasam Lanka Lead News නිදහසේ පියා ඩී.එස්. පළමු නිදහස් අරගලය පාවා දුන්නේ ය ඩී.එස්. සේනානයක යනු ලංකාවේ නිදහසේ පියා යැයි කීයන පට්ටපල් බොරුව සමාජගත කරන්නට ‘නිදහසේ පියා ඩී.එස්.’ යනුවෙන් චිත්‍රපටයක් හදා විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ ඇමැතිවරයා දරන උත්සාහය පිළිකුල් සහගත ය. එය ලේ බිඳක් වත් නොසොල්වා 1948 දී ලංකාවට නිදහස ලබා ගත්තේ යැයි කියන බොරුව […]

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Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

Monday, September 17th, 2018

By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai/newsin.asia The Vishwakarma puja, which was observed on September 17, is not restricted to India but is observed in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. The puja closely follows the celebration of the Ganapati festival. In some places, it is performed the day after Diwali in October or November. Vishwakarma puja or Kanya Sankranti is celebrated in the Indian states of […]

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Some Historic And Archaeological Facts About Sri Lanka

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

 Sri Lankan Solidarity Movement The Sri Lankan Tamils demanding a ‘Tamil homeland’ is a totally bogus demand as per the history and archaeology of the country. Even a few months back, a discovery was made of an archaeological site in Anuradhapura (the ancient capital of the Sinhala people) dating back to 800BC and included beads, […]

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John Hagenbeck (former owner of the Dehiwela Zoo) exported animals and humans from Sri Lanka for display overseas -Ceylon & The Colonial Freak Show

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Courtesy see.this.onblerd.com One of the most prominent of the human zoo operators was the Hamburg animal trader Carl Hagenbeck. He would go on expeditions in foreign countries and bring back both animals and people for European collections and display. The zoo in Hamburg still bears his name. In his memoirs, Carl Hagenbeck praised himself, writing, […]

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Human Zoos at the Turn of the 20th Century

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Lisa Wade, PhD on October 15, 2012 Courtesy The Society Pages ***TRIGGER WARNING for racism and enslavement*** During a dark period of world history, intellectuals pondered where to draw the line between human and animal.  They arrayed humans hierarchically, from the lightest to the darkest skin.  Believing that Africans were ape-like, they weren’t sure whether to include […]

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විග්නේෂ්වරන් සාවද්‍යයි, අශාස්ත‍්‍රීයයි – මහාචාර්ය රාජ් සෝමදේව කියයි

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

සාකච්ඡා කළේ එරික්‌ ගාමිණී ජිනප්‍රිය[Divaina] උතුරේ මහ ඇමති සී. වී. විග්නේෂ්වරන් මහතා මහතා උතුරේ ඓතිහාසික දෙමළ රාජ්‍යයක් පැවතියා ද යන කාරණය පිළිබඳව යම් සැකයක් තිබේනම් ඒ පිළිබඳව විශ්වාසදායක සිංහල, දෙමළ ඉතිහාසඥයන්ගෙන් විමසන ලෙස ඉල්ලා ඇත. ඒ අනුව අප එම කාරණය සහ මෙරට ඉතිහාසය සහ පුරවිද්‍යාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් විග්නේෂ්වරන් මහතා පළ කර ඇති අදහස් පිළිබඳව කැලණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ […]

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When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

By Radhika Iyengar/Livemint Courtesy NewsIn.Asia New Delhi, July 14: It was in 1952 that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) of newly independent India, B.V. Keskar, decided that All India Radio (AIR)—the information and entertainment lifeline of the nation—would not air film songs as they were degenerate and far too Westernized”. He believed they would […]

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Ceylon Parsis on the road to extinction!

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

By Tuan M. Zameer Careem Courtesy Ceylon Today Sri Lanka is home to people belonging to different ethnic groups, who have lived on this island for several centuries. These ethnic groups and their distinct cultures are interwoven into Sri Lankan cultural tapestry and have each made significant contributions to Sri Lanka’s unique cultural diversity. Howbeit, many […]

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INSIGHT INTO SINHALESE LANGUAGE THROUGH BENGALI.

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

By W. Pathirana. Retired Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo. A couple of recent news paper articles on similarities between Sinhalese and Bengali languages prompted me to submit this article. During the years 1967 – 1975 as a university student in Kolkata, the writer’s interest in Bengali language grew more intense with time as surprising similarities […]

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Ven. Udakendawala Siri Saranankara – The legendary freedom-fighter

Friday, May 18th, 2018

by W. A. Abeysinghe Courtesy:  Sunday Observer The life of Venerable Udakendawala Siri Saranankara is inseparable from the history of the world peace movement. His service to mankind as a peace champion, disciple of the Buddha and an internationalist is remarkable. My humble attempt in this essay, therefore, is only to dwell upon a few noteworthy […]

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Oil Painting on ceremonial opening of the Paththiruppuwa by the last King Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe in 1802,  handed over to the Sri Dalada Maligawa

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

THE PATHTHIRIPPUWA OF THE SRI DALADA MALIGAWA DESIGNED BY DEVENDRA MULACHARI ON THE OCCASION OF ITS CEREMONIAL OPENING BY  KING SRI WICKRAMA RAJASINGHA IN SENKADAGALAPURA IN 1802 The Paththirippuwa or Octagon of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, is widely regarded as the epitome or the most admired symbol and representation of Kandyan Sinhalese Architecture. It was […]

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Evidence for persistent forest reliance by indigenous peoples in historical Sri Lanka

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

 Max Planck Society Working closely with Wanniyalaeto (Vedda) elders in Sri Lanka during the repatriation of skeletal remains, a team of researchers have demonstrated that while some Indigenous hunter-gatherers in Sri Lanka made use of agricultural resources and trade connections with farmers and colonial power structures, others continued to subsist primarily on tropical forest resources […]

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E. W. Perera 

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Edward Walter Perera (11 December 1875 – 15 February 1953) was a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) barrister, politician and freedom fighter. He was known as the ‘Lion of Kotte‘ and was a prominent figure in the Sri Lankan independence movement and a senator. Early life and education Born on 11 December 1875 at Unawatuna, Galle to […]

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1915 Sinhalese-Muslim riots

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

The 1915 Sinhalese-Muslim riots (also known as the anti-Muslim riots of 1913[1][2][3] or the 1915 Buddhist Mohammedan riots or the 1915 Ceylonese riots) was a widespread and prolonged ethnic riot in the island of Ceylon between Sinhalese Buddhists and the Ceylon Moors and the brutal suppression of it by the British colonial authorities.[4] 1915 Sinhalese-Muslim riots Ceylon Date 28 May – 8 August 1915 Location Western Provinceand Sabaragamuwa, British Ceylon Caused […]

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