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The Brahma was believed to have created "castes" and not ethnicities. Buddhism flourished in South India during the time of Buddhagosha (author of Visuddhi-magga); and Lanka too had Buddhist Tamils as a small but important minority, with many of them resident in Anuradhapura. Here we focus on the old Sinhala names of the tamilized Place names in the North and East.
Thus kings always married other "Kshatriyas", irrespective of ethnicity. The existence of multiple place-names for a given location testifies to the rich cultural tapestry of the nation.
The study of toponyms also shows the cultural closeness of these two language groups, immensely influenced by Sanskrit (in this document we use the name 'Sanskrit' to include all proto-forms related to the language of the Rig Veda, and not just the systematized form). The claim of an exclusively Tamil, "Traditional Homeland", or a "Tamil Kingdom ", initiated officially by the 1949 Maradana resolution of the Ilankai Arasu Kadchi has been the most serious threat to this.
The North and East of Sri Lanka were populated by people who were largely Sinhala-speaking Buddhists till about the 12th century. See Achchankulam (Mannarama [Mannar} district ) ATTANAVAEVA, ⚓name Meaning: There is no "achchan" listed in the usual Tamil dictionaries and Lexicons; however, close forms like 'accan' may be listed.
Even the word "Dameda", or "Damila" (Dravidian) probably signified a geographic location (southern), i.e., south of the Vindyah mountains, as viewed by the northern Sanskrit writers.
Gair and others) as well as a Tamil culture distinct from that of Tamil-Nadu.
The place names in the whole country were mostly Sinhala names. 'Achchan' means "brother", (also father etc.) in Malayalam, and may be the source of the sinhala slang word "machang".
South Indian invasions led to a gradual modification of the original place names which acquired a Tamil garb, as stated by many scholars like Paul E. However, there is no contextually useful meaning in it for a place-name.
Map map typical news Adaikkalamoddai, Adaikkalmottai, Adukkalmoddai (Mannarama [Mannar]) HADUGALMOTTE ⚓name 'Motte ← Modde ← Made' signifies a muddy, swampy place. See MAP (Mannarama [Mannar]) AADAMPANA, AETTAMPANA ⚓name, RAAMAPAENNA, Meaning.
Tamil "Pan" by itself seems to have no immediate meaning, however, "pampan", and the sinhala "paalama" (පාලම) both means 'bridge'.