This monumental work about Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and its people makes a detailed survey of this Island country as t existed around 1947, soon after its independence from the centuries-old colonial rule. It gives exhaustive information about its geographical situation, climate Racial and ethnic composition of its people, social, cultural major occupations, administration, architecture, religious beliefs and cultural life. The author believes that despite political freedom, there is hardly any change or improvement in the cultural make up and mental disposition of its people. He is somewhat apprehensive about its future stability. The account is based on actual census and its statistics and author's minute observations. The account is informative and full of insights into the psyche and character traits of several ethnic group of its population.
Vedas, Aryans, Dravidians, Indonesian, Caste, Vanni, Bandara Vedi, Marriage, Sexual life, Dress, ornaments, Food Taboo, Sinhalese, Buddhism, Folklore, Colombo, Tamil, Jaffna, 
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