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Buddhist Poetry and Colonialism: Alagiyavanna and the Portuguese in Sri Lanka

Stephen C. Berkwitz


This book examines five poetic works by Alagiyavanna Mukaveṭi to describe how Buddhism in Sri Lanka was shaped and transformed by the encounters with Portuguese colonizers and missionaries in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. By following the written works of a renowned Buddhist poet from his position in the court of a powerful Sinhala king through the cultural upheavals of warfare and the expansion of colonial rule and finally to his eventual conversion to Catholicism and his employment under the Portuguese crown, this book uses the poetry of a single author to reflect on how Sinhala v ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, colonialism, Sri Lanka, Portuguese, poetry, religious identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199935765
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199935765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen C. Berkwitz, author
Missouri State University