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Kingship and Conversion in Sixteenth-Century Sri Lanka: Portuguese Imperialism in a Buddhist Land (Alan Strathern) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521860093
Kingship and Conversion in Sixteenth-Century Sri Lanka: Portuguese Imperialism in a Buddhist Land (Alan Strathern) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521860093
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Title: Kingship and Conversion in Sixteenth-Century Sri Lanka: Portuguese Imperialism in a Buddhist Land

Author: Strathern, Alan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521860093

Volumes: 1; Pages: 304

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When the Portuguese arrived on the shores of Sri Lanka in 1506, they opened an era in which religious identity became central to struggles for power on the island. During the reign of King Bhuvanekabahu VII (1521-51), they became the first European empire to dominate Lankan politics. This book sets out to explain the behaviour of the Portuguese and the Sinhalese as their relationship evolved over the century. Topics covered include the nature of Portuguese imperialism and indigenous state power in the earlier decades, the impact of Catholic mission on this Buddhist society and how this was shaped by local principles of caste, land tenure and religious thought, and the issue of identity. It reveals how indigenist, dynastic, and religious loyalties shaped the increasingly violent conflicts of the later decades. The principal concern is the sacred legitimization of kingship: why was Christian monarchy never truly established in Sri Lanka?ContentsIntroductionPart I. The Temporal1. The Kingdom of Kotte2. Portuguese imperialism3. Portuguese relations with Kotte4. Bhuvanekabahu's sovereigntyPart II. The Spiritual5. The mission6. Missionary mentality7. The Buddhism of the SinhalesePart III. The Temporal and the Spiritual8. The religious obligations of kingship9. The consequences of royal conversion in Kotte and Sitavaka10. Christianity and Buddhism resurgent; Conclusion: some final thoughts on indigenism, identity and kingshipAppendix: regnal dates of rulers in Sri Lanka
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