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 through the Sinhalese, by means of a ways the most important ethnic workforce within the country.
For greater than 2,000 years the background of Sinhalese Buddhism has been recorded by way of clergymen in a chain of chronicles. those chronicles encouraged a deep feel of historic continuity. Mr. Malalgoda has made an in depth examine of the quite contemporary heritage of Sinhalese Buddhism, within which the classical culture skilled revival and alter in line with either inner and exterior pressures.
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Buddhism in Sinhalese Society 1750-1900: A Study of Religious Revival and Change by Kitsiri Malalgoda