ZEYLANICA. A Study of the Peoples and Languages of Sri Lanka by Asiff Hussein is a comprehensive study of the origins of the peoples and languages of Sri Lanka.
The author has employed a multi-disciplinary approach in this work to trace the origins of the races which have made Sri Lanka their home over the centuries and millennia, adducing evidence from historical geography, physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics and even the exciting new science of genetics.
The ethnic groups covered in this survey include both the major communities as well as minor groups who have made Sri Lanka their home over the centuries including the Veddahs, Sinhalese, Tamils, Moors, Malays, Memons, Portuguese and Dutch Burghers, Kaffirs and Ahikuntaka.
He has also dealt with the legendary peoples who are supposed to have once inhabited the country including the Raksasas, Yakkhas, Nagas and Nittavo.
The author has gathered around him a vast corpus of information from ancient literature, research studies and field work, not only to substantiate established facts, but more importantly, has postulated some new theories which should stimulate further research and inquiry into this fascinating subject.The book is available at all leading bookshops.