The name 'Pattinam' was used to refer to the Jaffna town by the older generation. 'Pattinam' in old Tamil usage referred to a town situated by the sea-shore ( Cf 'Kaavirippoom Pattinam' referred to in the tamil epic 'Manimekalai' written in the 2nd Century AD). The Dutch built a large Fort which served as their administrative center in the north of Sri Lanka.
She was from a Gypsy tribe long resident in Sri Lanka. They speak a different language and never stay in one place. They appear literally overnight and build a temporary camp in a vacant plot. They visit the adjoining villages.The males exhibit Cobras and trained monkeys. The females are palmists and fortune tellers. They have an annual get to-gether at Galgamuwa close to Anuradhapura where the tribal elder ratifies marriages and settles internal disputes.