Nevertheless, the Palk straits shielded the Island sufficiently to create unique biological species, a unique "Sinhala language" (see James W.
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.
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.
Use of the material for scholarly and academic purposes with due acknowledgment is welcome. The name Lanka, used in the Epic chronicles, was adopted in to Prakrit with the addition of a leading vowel which could be "a, e, (h)e, or i".