By Kitsiri Malalgoda
Even supposing 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, through a ways the biggest ethnic crew within the country.
For greater than 2,000 years the background of Sinhalese Buddhism has been recorded via priests in a chain of chronicles. those chronicles encouraged a deep feel of historic continuity. Mr. Malalgoda has made an in depth research of the fairly contemporary historical past of Sinhalese Buddhism, in which the classical culture skilled revival and alter in line with either inner and exterior pressures.
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