Have the copies of original Tipitaka written in Aluvihara Sri Lanka now been lost?
It appears that the Tipitaka used in Sri Lanka an import from Thailand or Myanmar.
I ask because in this essay, The original Alu Vihara manuscript does not exist, Ven. Sujato writes,
The original text copied 2,000 years has long vanished in the mists of history. Manuscripts in Sri Lanka generally do not last longer than a few hundred years, and presumably it would have been re-copied multiple times. The Alu Vihara, it seems, remained a center for preserving manuscripts. Sadly, though, the old library was destroyed, along with any manuscripts, during the Matale rebellion of 1848 4. So we shall never know exactly what was in it at that time.
We do know, however, that the Sri Lankan Sangha requested that manuscripts be imported from Myanmar and Thailand during the colonial period ...
... Despite all this, it is a common belief among Sri Lankans that the Alu Vihara original Tipitaka still exists.
... and later, presumably referring to a deleted post,
Just in case anyone is wondering, the above post is exactly the kind of conspiracy theory I am trying to dispel.
So -- are "copies of the original" lost? What is the "evidence" on that subject?