© Lori Lappin, the Witch of WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®
A daughter of the the Clan of Sinhala (Heartblood of Lions), this South Asian component of my ancestry derives from the Dutch and British colonists of Ceylon on the island of Sri Lanka. The Ceylon colonists linking to my ancestral genetic populations were of Burgher, Sinhalese, Portuguese-Jewish, German, British, Danish, Swedish and Austrian descent. The South Asian native population of this group was Sinhalese. The Sinhalese are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group native to the island of Sri Lanka, led there by Prince Vijaya in 543 BCE. Prince Vijaya is known in the Jataka Tales and depicted in the Ajanta Cave Paintings as Sinhala. Theravada Buddhists, this branch of Buddhism as practiced by the Sinhalese promotes the concept of vibhajjavāda ("teaching of analysis"), a concept which embodies the idea that insight and Nirvana are attained through the way of analyzing of one's own experience. The Indo-Aryan Sinhalese were originally from the Buddhist regions of the eastern portion of the Indian subcontinent, near what is today called Bengal, and it was through missionaries from the Pala Kingdom in this area of Bengal that Buddhism was successful in becoming established in Tibet.
The spirit of Robin Hood exemplifies the spirit of Prince Vijaya, who founded my ancestral clan, the Clan of Sinhala.
"And when they seek to oppress you, and when they try to destroy you,
Rise and rise again and again, like the Phoenix from the ashes
Until the lambs have become lions."
— Maitreya The Friend of All Souls, The Holy Book of Destiny
I've noted among my ancestors that I have a small amount of South Asian Indo-Aryan Sinhalese (0.4%) ancestry from British Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka). The descendants of this British-Indian group are known in India as Anglo-Indians. Merle Oberon was an actress of mixed Anglo-Indian heritage. Her mother was an Anglo-Indian from Ceylon. Merle is not one of my own ancestors, but she is typical of those of mixed Anglo-Indian heritage specifically from the South Asian island o...f British Ceylon. Not being Hindu, but descendants of Theravada Buddhists, the Anglo-Indians had no caste system, either within their own community nor within the Hindu system of continental India. Many Anglo-Indians assimilated culturally, religiously and ideologically into the British communities of India (and Sri Lanka). Also, as they were discriminated against in mainstream Indian society, many mixed Anglo-Indians (who remained in India) formed their own separate ethnic communities (which still exist today) independent of other Indian ethnic communities when the British colonists and businesses withdrew from India. Many Anglo-Indians also emigrated to Britain with the end of British colonialism in India and successfully assimilated into British society.