There are sometimes treasures to be found at Flickr. Look at this set of vintage photos from Ceylon from before the turn of the (previous) century. Modern Sri Lankans are casual, friendly, outgoing, and quick to smile, but these photos show a reservedness, almost noble air. For example:
I’ve long marveled at the strength of the Sri Lankan character – you’d think that the long years of civil war would have taken their toll, and yet they remain unbowed. The strength that this woman’s descendants display today in the face of terror and violence is etched on her face.