Sri Lanka has a variant ethnicities. Various communities profess four of the world's major religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. The Major Ethnic in Sri Lanka is Sinhalese and who compose 74% of the population. The Sri Lankan Tamils, who compose 12.6% and Indian Tamils (5.5%) who view themselves as separate from the Sri Lankan Tamils, as well as Muslims 7.1 % of the population."Burghers" and other people of mixed European and Sri Lankan descent (0.4%), Malays (0.4%), and tiny percentages of others including the aboriginal Veddahs, who are considered to be the island's original inhabitants.