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Encyclopedia > Negombo Tamils

Negombo Tamils is a term usually used for Sri Lankan Tamils who live in the western Puttalam district of Sri Lanka. It is also used to describe their Tamil dialect[1]. Other sub categories of native Tamils of Sri Lanka are Jaffna Tamils and Batticalao Tamils. Sri Lankan Tamils also known as Eelam Tamils, Ceylonese or Ceylon Tamils and Jaffna Tamils are today a trans-national minority, and are Tamil people from Sri Lanka. ... Puttalam is a district situated near to the west coast of Sri Lanka. ... Tamil (தமிழ் ) is a classical language and one of the major languages of the Dravidian language family. ... Sri Lankan Tamils also known as Eelam Tamils, Ceylonese or Ceylon Tamils and Jaffna Tamils are today a trans-national minority, and are Tamil people from Sri Lanka. ... Batticaloa Tamil could mean Batticaloa Tamil person of Batticaloa, in Sri Lanka origin. ...


Position of Negombo

Negombo is a town within the Gampaha district bordering Puttalam District. This district falls outside the traditionally Tamil speaking Northeastern province. Puttalam district which until the first two decades of the last century had a substantial ethnic Tamil population of whom majority were Catholics and a minority were Hindus.[2] Negombo is a town of about 65,000, approximately 30 km north of Colombo in Sri Lanka. ... Image:North province Tamil Eelam. ... The Tamil people are an ethnic group from the Indian subcontinent with a recorded history going back more than two millennia. ... This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). ...


It has been observed that historically in the Sri Lankan Roman Catholic Church history that there was a process of Sinhalisation or assimilation into Sinhalese identity of these Catholics who are now mostly fishers[3]. The Roman Catholic Church or Catholic Church (see Terminology below) is the Christian Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, currently Pope Benedict XVI. It traces its origins and sees itself as the same Church founded by Jesus of Nazareth and maintained through Apostolic Succession from the Twelve... Sinhalisation is a term used to describe a cultural change in which ethnically non-Sinhalese become Sinhalese. ... Fishers is the name of several places in the United States of America: Fishers, Indiana Fishers, New York There is also Fishers Island, New York. ...

Negombo Tamils
L.J.B.Turner in the Ceylon Census of 1921 (p202 of Vol I): The distinction between Sinhalese and Tamils of the present day is so marked that it is not easy to realise that there has been considerable fusion between these races in the past. The results of this fusion are most obvious on the western coast between Negombo and Puttalam, where a large proportion of the villagers, though they call themselves Sinhalese, speak Tamil, and are, undoubtedly, of Tamil descent, their legendary ancestors being captives from India or imported weavers and other artisans. As in 1911, a large number of the Kandyan Sinhalese in Diddeniya palata in the Hiriyala hatpattu of the Kurunegala District are Hindus and speak Tamil, though most of them read and write Sinhalese. They are reported to have discontinued many Tamil customs, but they retain the practice of tying the Tali at weddings. Similar settlements of Sinhalese of Tamil descent are found elsewhere, being the descendants of Tamil mercenaries, captives, specially imported artisans, and others.
Negombo Tamils

This historic process was embraced by the educational policies of a local Bishop Edmund Peiris who was instrumental in changing the medium of education from Tamil to Sinhalese.[4] Image File history File links Cquote1. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ...

Survival of Tamil identity

Today most of those who cling to their Tamil identity are Hindus. They are mostly concentrated in a single coastal village called Uddappu[5].

Fire-walking and Skanda cult practices have been noted for this village Udappu. Image File history File linksMetadata Negombo2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Negombo2. ...

Small number of Tamil Christians are also found in the towns of Chilaw, Negambo and Puttalam and in small villages such as Mampuri[6]. Roman Catholicism in Jaffna dates back as far as the time of St. ... There is a saying that Chilaw is famous for Crabs, Sri Lanka. ... Negombo is a small town of about 65,000, approximately 50 km north of Colombo in Sri Lanka. ... Puttalam is a district situated near to the west coast of Sri Lanka. ...

Although more people speak Tamil than those who identify them as Tamils in this region as most identify them as Sinhalese[7].

See also

// Origins Colombo Chetty are a formerly endogamous Sri Lankan social group or caste. ... Bharatakula also Bharathas are a Sri Lankan caste of Paravar immigrants from Tamil Nadu in India. ... Karave also Karava or Kurukula are a fishing-related caste or social group found in the southwestern coastal areas of Sri Lanka. ... ...

References and further reading

  •   Negombo fishermen's Tamil
  •   Sinhalisation of Puttalam District: Mampuri an example[8]
  •   1921 Ceylon census by L.B. Turner (p202 of Vol I)
  •  Survival of Hindu identity in Udappu village

External links

  • Tamil Heritage of Chilaw
  • Migration of South Indian labor communities to South East Asia



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