About the Book :
A well know, and standard book of reference, this book gives a detailed account of the history, people, customs, folklore and mythology of the people who are the ancient inhabitants of Ceylon. Starting with the mythological Rakshasas, Yakkhas, and Nagas, this book then gives detailed notices of the historical veddas - both ancient and modern. Later in the book, the chapters discuss, among other topics, the social customs, the religion and deities of the veddas and Wanniyasa. The IInd parts deals with the building and structure: the lost cities, the primitive dagabas, the irrigation work, the earliest inscriptions, coins, weapons, symbolisms recreational pastimes the cast part part III, is about the origin of the swastika and the cross. This works also has illustration by the author. This book is a reprint of the 1909 edition.