The correct depiction of the identity of Sri Lanka taking into account its ethnic and religious composition
Posted on March 9th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna

Sri Lanka is Multicultural, Multi-Religious, and Multi-Lingual. 

This is a fact.

Sri Lanka is predominantly Buddhist. About 70% of Sri Lanka’s population is Sinhala Buddhist.

This is a fact. 

Therefore taking into account these ground realities Sri Lanka’s identity can be defined as follows:

Sri Lanka is a predominantly Sinhala Buddhist country with a multi-religious, multi-lingual, and multi-cultural background.

Some hide the Sinhala Buddhist component in the identity of Sri Lanka. This is wrong. Sri Lanka has always been identified as a Buddhist country. 

Sri Lanka has the longest uninterrupted history of Buddhism in the world. 

Sri Lanka is a civilizational nation with a unique Buddhist Civilization that had won the admiration of the world even before the advent of the colonial period i.e. 1505 ( common era).

It is a cause for national pride.

Senaka Weeraratna 

see also

Sri Lanka’s debt to Buddhism 

Sri Lanka’s debt to Buddhism and the way forward in strengthening its Buddhist identity |

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