The Work Of Kings: The New Buddhism In Sri Lanka.pdf
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press: 2nd edition (1 April 2000)
By: H. L. Seneviratne (Author)
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Beginning with Anagarika Dharmapala's 'rationalization' of Buddhism in the early twentieth century, which called for monks to take on a more activist role in the community, Seneviratne shows how the monks have gradually revised their role to include involvement in political and economic spheres. The altruistic, morally pure monks of Dharamapala's dreams have become, Seneviratne trenchantly argues, self-centered and arrogant, concealing self-aggrandizement behind a faç:ade of 'social service.'
A compelling call for reform and a forceful analysis, The Work of Kings is essential to anthropologists, historians of religion, and those interested in colonialism, nationalism, and postcolonial politics.
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