Buddhism in Sinhalese Society 1750-1900: A Study of Religious Revival and Change

By Kitsiri Malalgoda

Even though 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 by means of the Sinhalese, by means of some distance the most important ethnic staff within the country.

For greater than 2,000 years the background of Sinhalese Buddhism has been recorded by way of priests in a sequence of chronicles. those chronicles encouraged a deep experience of historic continuity. Mr. Malalgoda has made an in depth research of the particularly fresh heritage of Sinhalese Buddhism, within which the classical culture skilled revival and alter based on either inner and exterior pressures.

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