Sri Lanka was previous called Ceylon. Before it became known as Ceylon, the country was called British Ceylon. The country was referred to by numerous names in other countries, such as Sinhala in India and the Greek name of Taprobane.
The country of Ceylon was discovered by the Portuguese in 1505, opening the country up to European interest for many centuries to come. The country was conquered by Britain in 1815 and was called British Ceylon until 1948 when it gained full independence. With the gaining of its freedom, Ceylon made many changes, including changing its name to Sri Lanka in 1972 and making Buddhism its main religion.Learn More
Sri Lanka doesn't have an official national costume. However, the sarong and sari are popular items of attire that appear across ethnic groups and regions, linking together the diverse people. The country's clothing also bears distinct Portuguese influences, seen most predominantly in the Portuguese-derived words for certain clothing items. With independence came a strong interest in traditional indigenous attire, with individual communities developing their own distinct styles.Full Answer >
The precise origin of the English name, China (in reference to the East Asian "People's Republic" known domestically as "Zhongguo," or the Middle Kingdom), is uncertain. However, there is some suggestion that it derives from the Qin Dynasty of the third century BCE, which in Sanskrit was something like "Cina-s," and in Latin was "Sina."Full Answer >
According to Our Baby Namer, the name "Samaria" for females means "watch mountain" or "watch tower." It derives from the Hebrew and Arabic name of the ancient Hebrew city located in the Samaria mountains.Full Answer >
China had several alternative names in ancient times including Chixian Shenzhou, Hua and Xia. The oldest is Chixian Shenzhou, which means the sacred earth and divine land. This reference was found in a book dating between 475 and 221 B.C.Full Answer >