What is your answer to the following?
'Two different nations, from a very ancient period, have divided between them the possession of the Island: the Sinhalese inhabiting the interior in its Southern and western parts from the river Wallouwe to Chilaw, and the Malabars (Tamils) who possess the Northern and Eastern Districts. These two nations differ entirely in their religion, language and manners'.
- Sir Hugh Cleghorn, British Colonial Secretary, June 1879
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The answer for the above was given by Hugh Cleghorn, himself.
This is what he wrote in the very account SHAN quoted.
The inhabitants of Jaffna consist of a collection of various races. The greatest number are of ***Moorish*** extraction and are divided into several tribes...They are distinguished by wearing little round caps on their close shaven heads. There are also a race of Malabars found here somewhat different from those of the continent. (Hugh Cleghorn, 1799, emphasis mine)
Edited By - Mucha-linda - 15 Aug 2006 03:02:08 GM