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Even the word "Dameda", or "Damila" (Dravidian) probably signified a geographic location (southern), i.e., south of the Vindyah mountains, as viewed by the northern Sanskrit writers.
The Tamil or Sinhala ethnic identity probably did not evolve until the early sangam period (this view seems to be held by I. The existence of place-names like Nagarjuna konda (i,e., kanda, කන්ද, hill) in South India, and Sinhala-prakrit artifacts imply that there was considerable cultural exchange across the Palk straits (Seth-Samudra yaaya මූදු යාව see discussion under Palk Strait).
Note that the old names "Rama bridge" (irāma;-cētu; இராமசேது in Tamil consistent with the Tolkkappiam rules), or Ramasethu රාමසේතුව , was replaced by "Adam's bridge" in 1804 by the British surveyor James Rennel.
He was the first Surveyor General of British India.
The place names in the whole country were mostly Sinhala names. 'Achchan' means "brother", (also father etc.) in Malayalam, and may be the source of the sinhala slang word "machang".
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Nevertheless, the Palk straits shielded the Island sufficiently to create unique biological species, a unique "Sinhala language" (see James W.
Gair and others) as well as a Tamil culture distinct from that of Tamil-Nadu.
Map map typical news Adaikkalamoddai, Adaikkalmottai, Adukkalmoddai (Mannarama [Mannar]) HADUGALMOTTE ⚓name 'Motte ← Modde ← Made' signifies a muddy, swampy place. See MAP (Mannarama [Mannar]) AADAMPANA, AETTAMPANA ⚓name, RAAMAPAENNA, Meaning.
Tamil "Pan" by itself seems to have no immediate meaning, however, "pampan", and the sinhala "paalama" (පාලම) both means 'bridge'.