Sinhalese people

related topics
{country, population, people}
{god, call, give}
{specie, animal, plant}
{language, word, form}
{rate, high, increase}
{theory, work, human}
{system, computer, user}
{line, north, south}
{government, party, election}
{day, year, event}
{son, year, death}
{mi², represent, 1st}
{island, water, area}

Row 2: Rajasinghe II • Mahinda Rajapaksa • Ernest de Silva • Wimalaratne Kumaragama • Arisen Ahubudu
Row 3: Chandrika Kumaratunga • Rosy Senanayake • Nanda Malini • Nadeeka Perera • Susanthika Jayasinghe

Sinhala, Tamil, English

Buddhist (mostly Theravada) majority, Christian and Hindu minorities

Sri Lankan people, Sri Lankan Tamil, South Indian Tamil, Indo-Aryans, Bengali people

The Sinhalese are the majority ethnic group of Sri Lanka, constituting 74% of the Sri Lankan population. Sinhalese are Indo-Aryans and speak Sinhala, an Indo-Aryan language, they number approximately 15 million in the world.[13] They live mainly in central, south and west Sri Lanka. According to legend they are the descendants of the exiled Prince Vijaya who arrived from North-East India to Sri Lanka in 543 BCE. The Sinhalese identity is based on language, heritage and religion. The vast majority of Sinhalese are Theravada Buddhists.


Full article ▸

related documents
Demographics of the Philippines
Demographics of Moldova
Demographics of Peru
Demographics of Nepal
Demographics of the Czech Republic
Demographics of Poland
Demographics of Colombia
Demographics of Zimbabwe
Ethnic minorities in China
Sub-Saharan Africa
West Africa
Central Asia
Punjab (Pakistan)
Demographics of Turkey
Côte d'Ivoire
History of East Asia
Demographics of Mozambique
Creole peoples
Sami people
Chinese American
African diaspora
Demographics of Kuwait
Demographics of Nicaragua
Demographics of the Netherlands