Did Christianity exist in ancient Sri Lanka?

Did Christianity exist in ancient Sri Lanka?By Rajitha WeerakoonThe discovery of a Nestorian cross engraved on a rock in Anuradhapura and another unearthed in Sigiriya some years ago led Prof. Senarath Paranavitana to speculate whether Kasyapa and any other Lankan kings were Christians and whether the crosses had been erected at Christian burial grounds.

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Christmas in early Sri Lanka:

nestorian cross anuradhapura


Mr. Andrew Scott’s article under the above caption in The Island, 26th December, is based on hearsay and conjecture.
Many are driven to conclude that Christians lived in Anuradhapura in ancient times because of a sunken Relief Cross 2.7/8″ x 31/4″ discovered in the citadel of Anuradhapura by E F Eyreton, the Archaeological Commissioner in 1912. The Cross was found on a square pillar which had been re-used as material for later building.

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