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Buddhist History in the Vernacular: The Power of the Past in Late Medieval Sri Lanka

Buddhist History in the Vernacular: The Power of the Past in Late Medieval Sri Lanka

by Stephen Berkwitz, S. C. Berkwitz


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ISBN-13: 9789004139107
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/29/2004
Series: Brill's Indological Library Series , #23
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 9.66(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephen C. Berkwitz, Ph.D. (1999) in Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University. He has written chiefly on the cultural history and contemporary expressions of Sri Lankan Buddhism.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1History and Textuality1
1Defining Buddhist History1
2Texts of the Past and the Present11
3The Contours of Buddhist History16
4The "Problems" of Buddhist History21
5Buddhist Vamsas and Current Conflicts29
6The Outline of the Book37
Chapter 2Buddhist History Now and Then40
1Modern Views of Buddhist Pasts41
2The Beginnings of Buddhist Historiography61
Chapter 3Language and the Production of History81
1Compiling Pali Buddhist Histories83
2Buddhist History in a Sinhala Translation107
3Quotation and Revision in Historical Accounts121
Chapter 4Buddhist History as Literature135
1The Narrative Form of Buddhist History136
2Rhetoric and Representation150
3Addressing the Audience158
4Learning from the Past171
Chapter 5Transforming the Writers of History182
1Historiography in a Manuscript Culture183
2The Merits of Writing History193
3"Self-Writing" in Buddhist Historiography200
4Written Paradigms for the Past214
Chapter 6Fashioning Virtuous Readers and Listeners231
1Constructing Emotions233
2Joy and Gratitude for the Past245
3The Subjectivity of Satpurusas258
4The Ethics of Devotion270
Chapter 7Moral Communities & Vernacular Histories287
1Agency and Subjectivity290
2Social Ethics in Buddhist History304
3Vernacularization in Late Medieval Sri Lanka312
AppendixList of Palm Leaf Manuscripts Consulted329

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