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Sri Lanka
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[German Version]

Christianity in Sri Lanka can look back over a remarkably long history. After a sporadic presence on the island since the 6th century and a continuous presence since the early 16th, it subsequently went through a development that was sometimes in step with the various stages of European colonial rule and at other times took a significantly different course.

The earliest reliable evidence for the existence of Christian communities in Sri Lanka is a comment in the Christian Topography of the Nestorian merchant and writer Casmas Indicopleustes around the year…

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Koschorke, Klaus, “Sri Lanka”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124945>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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