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   Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2005 20:13:39 -0000
Subject: Work on ancient history of Batticaloa released -

Work on ancient history of Batticaloa released

[TamilNet, April 10, 2005 13:26 GMT] 
"We should write the people's history of the northeast. It is 
important to discover and publish old palm leaf manuscripts such 
as `Mattakkalappu Poorva Sariththiram' (Ancient History of 
Batticaloa) to bring out the history of the communities that live in 
this region. We have to search and preserve valuable primary sources 
of our history", said Prof. S. Mounaguru, former dean of fine arts at 
the Eastern University, speaking Sunday at the release of a work that 
relates the settling and history of Batticaloa from pre-Christian 
times to the eighteenth century. 

Prof. Mounaguru addressing the book release 

The book release was held at the Mahajana College auditorium in 
Batticaloa town. 

`Mattakkalappu Poorva Sariththiram', was edited and annotated by the 
Tamil scholar Mr. S. E Kamalanathan (Hon. D. Lit) and Ms. K. 
Kamalanathan with an introduction on medieval and colonial primary 
sources of Batticaloa history by Mr. D. Sivaram. 

The definite edition was prepared by comparing several copies of the 
work which were found in old palm leaf manuscripts. 

`Mattakkalappu Poorva Sariththiram' relates the origins and histories 
of the several dynasties that ruled the region. 

It also provides an insight into the social organization and 
traditional customs of Batticaloa. 

`Mattakkalappu Poorva Sariththiram' gives a version of the Vijaya 
Legend which differs in some critical details from the one related in 
Mahavamsa  the medieval Buddhist Pali language chronicle that 
relates the island's ancient history. 

Mahavmsa says that the first Sinhala king was the grandson of a lion 
that carried away a north Indian princes and begat a son and a 
daughter. `Mattakkalappu Poorva Sariththiram', on the other hand, 
says that a jungle chieftan called Singan married the princess. 

The kingdom of Batticaloa was established by Kooththikan, who is said 
to be from the dynasty of King Vijaya. The Mahavamsa, however, says 
that Koothikan (Guttikha in Pali) was a Chola horse trader who 
conquered the island in the pre-Christian era. 

The work also throws light on some unknown aspects of Batticaloa 
history when the region was under the Portuguese and Dutch.


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