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It is an adaptation of a previously existing work in Sinhalese on the same subject, and describes the bringing of a branch or cutting of the celebrated Bo or Bodhi tree (i.e. Wisdom Tree, under which the Buddha had attained wisdom) to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BCE. The Bodhi Vamsa quotes verses from the Mahavamsa, but draws a great deal of its material from other sources; and it has occasionally preserved details of the older tradition not found in any other sources known.