Buddhism in Sinhalese Society 1750-1900: A Study of by Kitsiri Malalgoda

By Kitsiri Malalgoda

Even if the inhabitants of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) embraces many fans of Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, Buddhists have lengthy constituted the good majority. equally, Buddhism is practiced through the Sinhalese, via a ways the most important ethnic staff within the country.

For greater than 2,000 years the historical past of Sinhalese Buddhism has been recorded by means of priests in a chain of chronicles. those chronicles encouraged a deep feel of historic continuity. Mr. Malalgoda has made a close examine of the particularly contemporary heritage of Sinhalese Buddhism, within which the classical culture skilled revival and alter based on either inner and exterior pressures.

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