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 nice majority. equally, Buddhism is practiced by way of the Sinhalese, by way of a ways the most important ethnic team within the country.

For greater than 2,000 years the background of Sinhalese Buddhism has been recorded by way of clergymen in a sequence of chronicles. those chronicles encouraged a deep feel of historic continuity. Mr. Malalgoda has made an in depth examine of the really fresh historical past of Sinhalese Buddhism, within which the classical culture skilled revival and alter in accordance with either inner and exterior pressures.

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