Distortion of our History (further clarification)
Posted on March 13th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage

This Part is prepared basically to respond to comments made by readers in the two earlier articles about this topic.

Within our country, we can say anything.  We can glorify ourselves and of course, everyone will be happy. But, the facts asserted must be 100% true. Also, the rest of the world must accept them.

What we must bear in mind is that the world at large has not yet accepted our recent findings – eg, Sri Lanka had an advanced civilization before others. According to the current school history textbooks (2015 edition), it began 125,000 years ago

It is universally accepted that Mohenjodaro and Mesopotamia were the world’s foremost advanced human settlements. They existed about 5,000 – 5,500 years ago.

Naming the so-called pre-Vijaya civilization as ‘Homo-sapiens Civilization’ in school history books is bizarre. Homo sapiens is the name coined by Linnaeus in 1758, they are the species to which all modern human beings belong. The homo-sapiens is not a distinct Sri Lankan identity. To discard well-known Vijaya in lieu of the unknown homo-sapiens is cruel.

Currently, we say many new things but the rest of the world has been silent and uninterested.

Currently, the whole world acknowledges that China invented cast the iron some 3,500 years ago; but these books say our homo-sapiens made iron more than 4,500 years ago.  At least we should discuss with Chinese archeologists/universities etc, convince them, and ask them to certify that we did this before them.  That is just one way of obtaining credibility, and there are many ways.

Paranavitana et al always operated that way. They held high worldwide credibility.

That is why the world regards Sigiriya as the world’s 8th wonder. That is why Wikipedia states that King Dutu Gamunu built Ruwanweli Maha Seya.

One of the editors of these history books (hereinafter the editor) had stated elsewhere (in YouTube videos) that we grew rice paddy 49,000 years ago and that Barley and Oates may have been grown in Horton Plains (at the moment the whole world believes that rice paddy cultivation was first started in China about 13,500 years ago and Barley was first harvested in Israel about 10,000 years ago). He also states that lions had roamed in ancient Sri Lanka.

Archeologists/Anthropologists/Historians of the world must acknowledge and accept these new findings. Afterward, they will alter their books, amend records and other documents. Then only world-famous websites such as Wikipedia, Google, BBC, Yahoo, Oxford Dictionary, various encyclopedias, history books, etc would include them in their records. 

The editor has implied in the videos that Kuweni’s clan may have had a Tamil lineage, Buddhism may have existed in Sri Lanka prior to the arrival of Ven Mihindu, Vijaya seems a myth, Sinhalese do not possess Vijaya’s genes, and that Mahavansa is dubious.  What he has stated is contrary to the history that we have learned and accepted from time immemorial.  That author has made many grave pronouncements; to the best of my knowledge, none of them have been internationally acknowledged/accepted.

It is important that our Archeologists/Anthropologists/Historians publish their new findings in international journals/magazines etc.  And, that international institutes, universities, museums, etc accept these recent, marvelous findings as true and authentic.

Re Ravana – some Hindus in India believe in Ramayanaya but we in Sri Lanka (including Tamils) have always accepted it as a myth. Tamil separatists in order to carve out their separate state – Tamil Eelam, invented the lie that Ravana existed in Sri Lanka and that he was a Tamil King (to establish that Tamils were here before the Sinhalese).  We then ‘got in the bandwagon’ to rebut their claim and tried saying that Ravana was indeed a Sinhala King. Basically we got caught in the Tamil separatist trick. We do not know how to get out of the mess now.

In the recent past, the battle between the Tamil separatists and us regarding Ravana ‘ownership’ has intensified. It has become somewhat a ‘dog fight’. The dispute has become so bad that separatists now claim that Sigiriya was built by Ravana and not King Kashyapa. They have even gone to the extent of saying that Buddhism arrived in Sri Lanka during the time of King Devanam Piyatissam (a Tamil!). The separatists receive a lot of international support and millions of funding– from groups vested in the splitting of our country. The Sinhalese have nil international support. We are confined to 7/9 provinces of the country (only 2/3 of the landmass) and even in the lush midlands, we seem to have ‘lost power’ as ‘Malayanadu’ concept seems to gain momentum.

What we should have done was to disregard the Tamil separatist lie and stuck to our Great Chronicle, the Mahavansa. Mahavansa does not say anything about Ravana. 

As outlined before, since recently there exists a discourse in this country that we have had an elaborate pre-Vijaya civilization and that Vijaya and Mahavansa are unimportant and irrelevant.

The current history textbooks have adopted this position (basically, this is an underlying theme of the Grades 6 and 10 books). They stipulate that even if Vijaya existed, he only continued with the lavish homo –sapiens civilization. And, that Vijaya did not begin civilization in this country though Mahavansa proclaims so. This is a major deviation from our established history.

And, this is a serious situation. 

This is not just a question about our history, but about our identity as well – the Sinhala Buddhists.  We are confined to this island and ‘we have nowhere else to go’. The writer believes that the current Sinhala Buddhist population in the country must be around 60% and that in 50 years’ time it would drop to around 40% (Sinhalese, the ‘dying’ race).  We continue to ferociously fight on party political lines, in the meantime the separatist conjugate and become stronger.

The school textbooks clearly state that the ethnicity of the homo-sapiens is not an issue. The editor had previously articulated this in his YouTube videos.  This is clearly an attack on the claim we are making that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country (even His Eminence the Cardinal has accepted this and also the Muslims).

Why cannot the school history textbooks boldly say that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country?  

Why cannot the school history textbooks boldly say, unequivocally, that the Sinhala race started from Vijaya, the Prince of northern India?

Why are we scared to reveal the truth to our present-day younger generation – they are the future of this country.

The books must try to promote patriotism among children, nothing of that sort has been done in them.

Re Kuweni – it is possible that she and her clan were living in thatched houses and Mahavansa records that when she first met Vijaya she was knitting cotton. But, the claim that when Vijaya arrived, Sri Lanka was a highly organized advanced society or developing into one that needs to be substantiated more with evidence and elaborately.

The comments made by Aloy that we had supplied the biggest ships to the Emperor of China and that we possessed Astro navigation technology; again, for credibility purposes, we must obtain international archeological/anthropological recognition for them. If true, the Chinese could issue certification in that regard. Thereafter, we must ‘market’ these findings internationally (in various ways) so that the rest of the world would accept our history and give it prominence.

It is extremely important that we continuously write and publicize about our new archeological discoveries/findings in the international scene.

As to how I see them, the textbooks have been carefully prepared to discredit Vijaya’s arrival and the Great Chronicle Mahavansa. Effectively, they could be described as an attack on our Sinhala Buddhist heritage.

The textbooks do not sufficiently emphasize on our (including Tamil) ways of life, the advanced Sinhalese (and Tamil) values, customs and cultures, the strong nexus between Sinhala village/ Buddhist temple, the unique hydraulic irrigation system and how and why the homo sapiens became Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim, etc.

 I am very concerned about the dilemma that our history students may face when they travel overseas (eg for higher studies), say to the US, UK, Australia, China, Japan, India, etc. Our students would be asked to substantiate their claims as at the moment they are not even regionally recognized. I am concerned about our history students possibly becoming ‘out of place’ and/or even becoming ‘lost’ among their colleagues as most of what we currently say is limited to our country alone.

The issue at hand is that our ‘new history’ claims directly challenge/are in conflict with the existing world history.  We suddenly say that we were the pioneers in many fields, but has repeatedly stated herein we have not done our basic groundwork of obtaining the necessary international sanctions/acknowledgments for them.

The writer is an international lawyer.


4 Responses to “Distortion of our History (further clarification)”

  1. aloy Says:

    “Re Kuweni – it is possible that she and her clan were living in thatched houses and Mahavansa records that when she first met Vijaya she was knitting cotton. But, the claim that when Vijaya arrived, Sri Lanka was a highly organized advanced society or developing into one that needs to be substantiated more with evidence and elaborately.”

    At the time Vijaya & his 600 rogues arrived in our land (ie 2600 years ago) eropeons who arrived in their continent from Nubia which is south of Egypt, according to a BBC program, were not developed and things like stonehenges are the ones they can show (or simply they were living on trees?). So, hailing from there are you saying that we should believe what they say are the gospel truth?. Most SL historians were trained by our colonial masters and they may have always tried to hide the truth. Only thing they did not destroy was Buddhism in our country. Perhaps they got their spiritual awakening from Buddhas teaching. And perhaps Christianity (that does not say eye to eye) is inspired by that teaching as Jesus Christ himself has been in that part of India where Buddha has lived.

    As for the identity of Sinhalese I have read a different story written by a historian. I had a copy of that book given to me by the author with his own signature which I have to a friend of mine and is lost now. I will try to contact author or his relatives, get a copy and present it here. It seems waves after waves of migrants arrived here from present day Pakistan area and they are the ones who established colonies in different parts of our country and named them after their leaders.

    Thanks for responding.

  2. Chanaka B Says:

    Thanks Aloy. I think Vijaya came with 700 others. It is immaterial whether they were rogues or not; I am going by the Mahavansa history, not British history. Normally it is by consensus that world historians agree on new history.

  3. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Anti Sinhalese, anti Buddhist, anti Sri Lanka, Buddhist murdering, minority worshiping, Mother Lanka dismembering
    GooandPee (kakka and chu party) aka UNPatriotic_rats thieves are responsible for distorting our history and heritage.

    Since traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) thambi mudiyanselage jr@ GooandPee have been promoting traitor foreigners tamils and mussies for their votes. After traitor alugosuwa thambi mudiyanselage jr@, traitor alugosuwas (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) lk porisada R@ and traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Batlanade wa(n)dakaya Pol Pot r@ni_leech wickrama Sinhala killer carried on the job. What’s more traitor alugosuwa thambi mudiyanselage jr@ created ever Mother Lanka dismembering diasporats all over the world.
    These traitors do all the damage from abroad to break up the country for them to go on holiday.

    In india you can not see a name board in any other language. It’s all hindi, hindi and hindi. A foreigner can only read numbers. Yet, these traitor foreigners who were brought by the dutch rascals to work in tobacco plantations have the audacity ask for tamil national song, want a separate country for themselves while living in all parts of
    the country comfortably. All thanks to GooandPee’s deshapaluwas jr@, lk porisada R@, r@ni_leech etc. etc.

    While taking more than fair share (all the unis are full of tamils and mussies, yet Sinhalese in their own country
    not supposed to go to unis in the north and east). The traitors write in tamil and marked up by tamils and get to
    the unis through the back door, but at universities you don’t see many of them doing well confirming most of
    them are coming through by tamils marking them very very generously. The dutch and the british brought them
    to work in tobacco plantation and the tea plantation we all know including the traitors themselves. The oldest building in jaffna is the dutch fort. Where’s these traitors’ Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya etc. etc.? You
    can’t find an ancient brick older than 400 years in the country. Thanks to these GooandPee padadayin these
    traitor foreigners destroy and distort our heritage at every instance to finally break up the country.

    Sinhalese should unite and wipe out these anti Buddhist, anti Sri Lanka, anti Sinhalese, minority worshiping, Mother Lanka dismembering GooandPee aka UNPatriotic_rats to save the Sinhalese race, Sri Lanka, Buddhism and our heritage. Chef architect of all these destruction for the past 40 years is the traitor chief die hard catholic token
    Buddhist Batalande wa(n)dakaya Pol Pot r@n_leech wickrama Sinhala killer. It should be hanged in public for all
    the ills Sri Lanka, Sinhalese race and Buddhism facing today, to teach future traitors a lesson. Being a token Buddhist and die hard catholic has let the traitor low life facing justice for the past 40 years. How traitor r@ is
    above the law shows when its catholic buddy thappulana livera don’t even mention the chief architect in the
    CB daylight robbery of Rs 5585 billion.

    Lying is a major sin (Buddhism’s Five Precepts which is used as the penal code for every country under the sun)
    and these traitor foreigners who follows mythical gods (science buried them in the 19th century) still carry on
    living a lie and going to pay for the sins in their next lives in the animal kingdom (sort of Theory of Evolution)
    before becoming two legged creatures again! Give up the lie. We didn’t bring any of you here. If you
    can’t be Sri Lankan just leave, nobody going to stop you, nobody going to cry, nobody going to miss you! We
    will only say good riddance! After all Modi has opened the door, go there where you came from. The other lot?
    They should go to their hell holes in the middle east ‘without multiplying like …. to take over the country which is
    going to end up in a blood bath soon. Remember Myanma? Wherever the mussies go trouble follows since they
    multiply like ….

  4. Nimal Says:

    Move forward in the right direction without looking back.

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