way of life is still very much an integral part of
the Sri Lankan society. Artisans, musicians and
craftsmen offer life-long commitments to carry on
the skills of the traditional Sri Lankan communities
whilst religions especially Buddhism and Hinduism
reinforce the basic precepts that are the very
essence of Sri Lankan life.
And yet Sri
Lanka’s essence is also that of a myriad of
influences of three colonial rulers. The Portuguese,
Dutch and the British interacted with Arab, Chinese
and Malay merchants – a combination that is amply
reflected throughout the country by way of customs,
cuisine and architecture.