Sri Lanka: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Sri Lanka, their culture and views on family and marriage, the animal species.

SRI LANKA (CEYLON)

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The Ceylonese are family-oriented and marriages are arranged by parental preferences. Until the past few decades, men and women wore only white, but due to modern influences, colorful saris have replaced traditional wear. In fact, it is not uncommon to see Buddhist monks in chauffeur-driven limousines amid bullock carts and dirt roads. The fact that many Buddhist monks are rich landowners, and that the temples themselves are often the center for political intrigue, corruption, and anti-Tamil racism, leaves many with a more than cynical attitude about the religion. Buddhism is widely recognized as a steppingstone to a scholarship, an export permit, or a local job.

Ceylon is swarming with animals: elephants, buffaloes, bears, leopards, monkeys, elks, deer, and 400 species of birds, 40 of which are peculiar to Ceylon.

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