Henry Parker (author)

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Henry Parker was a British engineer in colonial Ceylon during the Victorian era. He was attached to the Irrigation Department from 1873 to 1904.[1] During his work as engineer he developed an admiration for the skills displayed by the ancient Sinhalese at the time of the construction of their reservoirs.[2]

Parker is renowned for having studied and compiled the folklore of Sri Lanka, becoming an authority on the subject. He was the author of two books:

  • Ancient Ceylon, London-Luzac & Co., First Published by the India Office (1909), is an account of the aboriginal and early civilization of Sri Lanka
  • Village Folk-Tales of Ceylon. A voluminous compilation of folk tales collected and translated by the author.

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