Cultural Heritage of Sri Lanka: The Wanniyaletto
If the indigenous Vedda (Vanniyaletto) of Sri Lanka are the heirs of an existence dating back to the Mesolithic of Southern Asia, then this community represents a sphere of cultural expression that requires world attention in conserving a folk diversity that is rapidly disappearing in this century.
The Curse of Kuveni
The Vedda are facing the ‘final solution’ or total obliteration though a process of assimilation as peripheral elements of the cosmopolitan civilization. The present phase of modernization threatening the Vedda is nothing but the long arm of the ‘development strategy’.
Early Man and the Rise of Civilisation in Sri Lanka: Archaeological Evidence
By about 125,000 BP it is certain that there were prehistoric settlements in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was, more often than not, linked to southern India by a land bridge during this period. It is estimated that the sea level would have dropped sufficiently for creating such a connection on at least 17 occasions within the last 700,000 years.