|Author(s) : Gombrich, Richard F and Obeyeskere, Gananath
|Publishers Price : £19.95
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|ISBN : 8120807022|
|EAN : 9788120807020|
|Cover : Hardback|
|Pages : 506|
|Size : 242 x 158mm|
|Publisher : Motilal Barnasidass|
|Published : 1988|
|Category : Theravada Buddhism: Sri Lanka
This work describes and analyzes the recent changes that have profoundly altered the character of Sinhala religion. It records systematically the cultural impact of the deterioration in how the "other half" lives in Sri Lanka and the disappearance of the village community.
After Sri Lankan independence in 1948, stresses in Sri Lankan society created new psychological needs and changes occurred in what the authors call Protestant Buddhism - the Buddhism formed under Protestant influence after British conquest. As the Sinhalas themselves perceive it, Buddhism proper has always shared the religious arena with a spirit religion. While Buddhism concerns salvation, the spirit religion focuses on worldly welfare. In the spirit cults, morally less scrupulous gods have become prominent, and more people seek and value altered states of consciousness.
Finally the authors suggest that developments that seem startling in Sri Lanka are not unprecendented in the religious history of India.
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