Sri Lanka - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 17 pages of information about Sri Lanka.
This section contains 5,016 words
(approx. 17 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Sri Lanka Encyclopedia Article

Country Overview

Degrees of religious tolerance and intolerance have ebbed and flowed historically. But a dominant trait of Sinhala Buddhist culture has been its extraordinary pliability and inclusiveness. For example, the penchant for toleration and inclusiveness is signaled by a remarkable irony of history that occurred in the middle of the eighteenth century, when the Kandyan king Kirti Sri Rajasimha (reigned 1752–81), ethnically a Tamil in origins, provided protection and sustenance to Sinhala Catholics in his kingdom after they fled the low country from Protestant Dutch oppression. Here, a Tamil Buddhist king protected one type of Christian from another. Muslims and Hindus were also thoroughly integrated into the social fabric of the Kandyan kingdoms (fifteenth through eighteenth century). Late medieval Sinhala literature and contemporary forms of popular religious practice are replete with evidence of this remarkable inclusiveness. The Sinhala Kotte kingdom (fifteenth and sixteenth centuries) also...

(read more)

This section contains 5,016 words
(approx. 17 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Sri Lanka Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
Encyclopedia of Religious Practices
Sri Lanka from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook