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The Ceylon Historical Journal. July 1951




The moonstone in the Queen's Palace at Amstar'hapset is the finest — the Gal Wharfs symphonies in stone depict air exquisite artistry arse workmanshiThe Art of the sculptor as represented by the gigantic statue at Aukana corm mands the respect of the world Here is a nation's history and In them we find the glory that was ours and the grandeur of our past. [...] In the South-west the arid region is more productive in that the soil is better and the rivers such as the Walave the Menik-ganga the Kirindi and the Gaoya carried a greater volume of water than the rivers of the North-west. [...] The Nuwera-weva Kala-weva and the Padawiya were the three great reservoirs and the Nuweragapalata the Kalagam-palata and the Hurulu-palata were the sources of food production. [...] There are several sources which combine to give the powers of synthesis and interpretation to a student of the history of the ancient Sinhalese : The study of the life and the religion of the present day villagers ; ancient Sinhalese literature and the inscriptions sculpture and painting. [...] In the re-construction of the History of the Ceylon of the fourtand fifth century A. D. three pieces of foreign literary evidence have been of particular importance namely :— (i) Reference to Ceylon in the account of the travels of Fa-hien who visited the Island in the first part of the 5th century A. D. t (ii) Several references to Ceylon in the Chinese annals revealing close contact between



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