Talk:Culavamsa

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When does the Culavamsa end?[edit]

I have found inconsistent information about the time period covered by the Culavamsa. Rhajiv Ratnatunga in his "Editors Note" on the Web version of the Mahavamsa, says it covers the period up to 1815, when the British took over Sri Lanka. A Britannica article, however, says it goes up to the "16th century". I went with Ratnatunga's information, because, first, he seems "closer to the source", second, the History of Sri Lanka article lists the "Great Dynasty" (that is, the Mahavamsa/Culavamsa works) as ending in 1815, and third, because the "16th" in the Britannica article could easily be a mistype of "19th". If anyone is sure I am wrong, please change this, both here and in the Mahavamsa article. — Nowhither 23:25, 21 August 2005 (UTC)

Alternate names[edit]

Transliterating Pāli into English seems to be an inconsistent business. "Culavamsa", in particular, has three possible variations: the leading "c" can be "ch", the "v" can be a "w", and it might be two words ("Cula Vamsa"). Thus, there are a total of 8 possible transliterations. I did a Google search, and found that by far the most common is "Culavamsa", and so that is where I placed the main article. The next most common was "Chulavamsa", and so I mention this as an alternate spelling both here and in the Mahavamsa article. There were a few pages that used the single-word "w" forms ("Culawamsa" or "Chulawamsa"), and so I made these redirects, but did not mention these alternative spellings on the page. Lastly, I found exactly one page on the whole web that wrote the name as two words, so I did neither redirects nor mentions in the article for the two-word versions. — Nowhither 23:38, 21 August 2005 (UTC)