This is a refutation of a letter posted in Ceylon Daily News by Mr. SK Vadivale................... http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lkawgw/sinhalarace.htm From the annals of history we learn that the port of Puhar along the Coromandel coast of Tamil Naadu, the port of Tutucurin along the Southern coast of Tamil Naadu and the port of Mantai (Mannar) along the North-Western coast of Lanka were internationally famous for the flourishing trade they were carrying on during the pre-christian and early Christian eras, with countries in the West viz. The ancient port of Mannar was not a major trading port. The above ports were manned exclusively by Tamils. They were mariners and navigators. Tamil names of the commodities exported and imported are seen in the vocabularies of the Greek and English languages today. No refereance given for the tamils mannig Mannar harbour. Words borrowed directly from Tamils List of English words of Tamil origin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [TABLE="class: outer_border, width: 343, align: center"] [TR] [TD]Word [/TD] [TD]Meaning in Tamil [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]catamaran[/TD] [TD]tree/wood[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]corundum[/TD] [TD]ruby[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]mulligatawny[/TD] [TD] water [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]pariah[/TD] [TD]drummer[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]tutenag[/TD] [TD]raw zinc[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]vetiver[/TD] [TD] tropical Indian grass[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]anicut[/TD] [TD]("anai"=dam, "kattu"=building/structure[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Not even close to import and export items........ theres a few words like candy, curry and rice.......... oh come on are those early cristian era products??? Coins of foreign countries have been found from time to time at Kantharodai, the earliest capital of the kings of Jaffna, and in other parts of Jaffna. Foreign coins may be seen at the National Museum in Jaffna. Ancinet coins were discoverd at various locations through out Sri Lanka! Also Kantharodia is a buddist temple complex. Reinhold Walburg: Coins and Tokens from Ancient Ceylon. Ancient Ruhuna. Sri Lanka-German Archaeological Project in the Southern Province. Vol. 2.. Wiesbaden 2008. - H-Soz-u-Kult / Rezensionen / BÃ¼cher The Hindu and Buddhist ruins we see today at Polonnaruwa are a legacy the Cholas who ruled Lanka from 1003 A.D. to 1075 A.D. have bequeathed to us. In no other part of Lanka do we see such extensive ruins, as we see at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka is heavily indebted to the Cholas for their gift. Polonnaruwa was a military base in the Anuradhapura era.. It was chosen by Cholas because of its strategic location. Ancient City of Polonnaruwa - UNESCO World Heritage Centre Heres another place you can see extensive ruins even surpassing Polonnaruwa! Sigiriya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia With the arrival of Arahat Mahinda, thousands of Tamils of the Hindu faith embraced Buddhism. Though 80 generations have rolled by, these converts have not given up their Tamil Hindu culture and practices. Where are the references for such a abserd claim. Just a his imagination! As even as late as the 6th century A.D., there was no Sinhala language, the Great Chronicles were written in the Pali language. Monk Maha Nama hatched the Vijaya myth to dub the Buddhist converts as Aryans, projecting them as descendants of Bengalis. Well even he believes that Sinahalese is derived from Pali and Sanskrit. Maha Nama did not know that the Bengalis were Mongoloid Dravidians. What are the claims for such a statement! The Origin of Vijaya is still dispute! 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. Telugue, Malayalam, Kannadam and proto-Tamil. In the 10th century. Tamils changed the shape of their alphabets to the square shape. Sinhala alphabet got round in shape in around 14th centuray because of the useage of plam leaves. When writing in plam leaves, strip shape words tend to rip the leaf.