A language of Sri Lanka

Alternate Names
Beda, Bedda, Vaedda, Veda, Veddha, Weda, Weddo

Ethnic population: 2,500 (2002).


Eastern mountains, Uva and Central provinces, Badulla and Polonnaruwa districts; second area, Uva Province, Moneragala district.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Language Use

Shifting to Sinhala [sin]. Veddah reportedly no longer used (Breton 1997).

Other Comments

They live in small rural settlements and are more of a caste than a separate ethnic group. Generally accepted as equal in rank to the Sinhalese Goyigama caste.