The Tamilinzed Sinhala place names and the Buddhist archaeological sites in the North and East of Sri Lanka has always been an interesting aspect of study for anyone interested in learning the true history of this country.
It is a well recognized fact that the bogus Tamil homeland theory in the North and East of Sri Lanka is a just a creation of power hungry elite Vellala and Christian Tamil politicians of Jaffna as highlighted by Tamil scholars themselves. Blinded by this illusionary theory the Tamil community in Sri Lanka had to bear the brunt of the destruction for the last three decades.
The names of the places in Jaffna specially shed more light to unearth the true history of the country. Following example show that the most of the Sinhala names' latter part has been Tamilinzed while the first part remains in most of the cases in the original forms:
goda - kotteai
gama - cam
gala - kallu
puraya - puram
maluwa - malai
amuna - munai
watta - thottam
deepa - theev
ganga - aru
wava - kulam
Following examples of places in Jaffna district show how those place names got the Tamil names for Tamil usage.
Yapa Patuna Yalpana Pattanam
Dambakola Patuna Sembilthurai
Develdoova Delape-Nenedatheev (Delft)
[More Tamilnized original Sinhala names in the NE Sri Lanka along with the Buddhist archaeological sites with their histories will follow with subsequent posts.]