n International Journal for Religious Freedom - Sri Lanka religious freedom profile : case study

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2070-5484



Ethnic Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the sixth century BCE, probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced into Sri Lanka beginning in about the mid-third century BCE. By the time Portuguese Roman Catholics arrived in 1505, they encountered three main kingdoms: ethnic Tamils from southern India had established a base in the north, while the ethnic Sinhalese had two long-standing kingdoms based in the southwest.

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