Thanks. The Tamil freak stories about the origin of the Sinhalese and the different etymologies they give for the word Sinhala is ridiculous. Sinha is an ancient Indo Aryan word which refers to the Lion. It means the same in Tamil too.<quoted text>
Excellent post, Thank you.
According to these nuts all the words with Sinha in then, the world means Lion, but only the Sinha in Sinhala means anything but Lion!!!!???? How about Singapore?
Anyway who knows what the correct etymology is and I think it is really quite irrelevant to the discussion. They do it since they just don't have a history of their own, so they make the Sinhalese into ex-Tamils.... Only imagination sets the limit to these etymologies. Take for example English - it seems that over 40% of the etymologies of the English words are either wrong or not known, but Tamilnuts seem to know the exact etymology of all Sinhala words and Sri Lankan place names. Idiots. Tamilnut.c om has a whole set of articles on etymolgies - quite funny actually, how they go on and on and then suddenly lose the trail and say something different. LOL.
I think it is stupid to claim that the Sinhalese didn't exist before the 9th century and that the Sinhala people thought that the word Sinhala had something to do with red soil etc etc.... when they have books about themselves and had built cities with the Lion emblem on it by that time.