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The Sinhalese are the majority ethnic group of Sri Lanka, who probably came from Northern India. They speak Sinhala, an Indo-Aryan language. According to legend, they may have descended from King Vijaya and his party of several hundred that set foot on the island around 500 BC.

They are generally considered to be a Caucasoid race, but display some traits of their Dravidian neighbours (Australoid with strong Caucasoid traits), possibly due to assimilation of Tamils

Most of the Sinhalese are Buddhists. Some have migrated to the Maldives.

They've been having conflicts with the Tamils in recent years.

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