The Religious World of Kirti Sri: Buddhism, Art, and Politics in Late Medieval Sri Lanka

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Preface
1.
For an excellent discussion of the social and ideological foundations of ancient Indian Buddhism, see Stanley J. Tambiah, "The Institutional Achievements of Early Buddhism," in S. N. Eisenstadt, ed., The Origins and Diversity of Axial Age Civilizations ( Albany: State University of New York Press, 1986).

Chapter 1. Kīrti Śrī's Predicament
1.
For summaries of the Portuguese colonial experience in Sri Lanka, see Chandra Richard de Silva, Sri Lanka: A History ( New Delhi: Vikas Publishing, 1987), pp. 116-128, or K. M. de Silva, A History of Sri Lanka ( Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981), pp. 97-132. For detailed assessments on various aspects of their attempted political, economic, and religious hegemony, see T. B. H. Abeyasinghe, Portuguese Rule in Ceylon 1594-1612 ( Colombo, 1966); C. R. de Silva, The Portuguese in Ceylon 1617-1638 ( Colombo: Lake House, 1972); on their expulsion from the island, see G. D. Winius, The Fatal History of the Portuguese in Ceylon ( Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971). On the establishment and consolidation of Dutch power, see K. W. Goonewardene , The Foundation of Dutch Power in Ceylon ( Amsterdam, 1958), and S. Arasaratnam, Dutch Power in Ceylon ( Amsterdam, 1958).
2.
S. Arasaratnam, "Dutch Commercial Policy in Ceylon and Its Effects on Indo-Ceylon Trade, 1690-1750," Indian Economic and Social History Review 4 ( 1967) 109-130.
3.
See, for instance, E. Reimers, trans. and ed., Memoir of Steivan Gollennesse for his Successor, 1751 ( Colombo: Government Printer, 1935);

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • 1 - Kīrti Śrī's Predicament 3
  • 2 - Discourses of a Buddhist King 15
  • 3 - A Visual Liturgy 41
  • Details of the Liturgy: Wall Paintings from the Time of Kīrti Śrī *
  • 4 - Royalty Reborn 73
  • 5 - Implications for Theory and Method 91
  • 6 - Postscript: Ethnic Identity and Alienation 97
  • Appendix the Religious Works of Kīrti Śrī at Gangārāma and Ridī Vihāra 109
  • Notes 115
  • Bibliography 135
  • Index 141
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