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A Paradise Poisoned? Burden of the Past—Blunder of the Present

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1. Title Title of document A Paradise Poisoned? Burden of the Past—Blunder of the Present - Buddhist Monks and the Politics of Lanka's Civil War
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Suren Raghavan; University of Oxford;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Buddhist Studies; Politics
4. Subject Keyword(s) Theravada Buddhism; Sinhala Buddhism; Sangha; Political resistance; Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism; Sri Lanka; Lankan Civil War; Liberation Tigers; ethnoreligious nationalism; peacemaking
5. Subject Subject classification Buddhism; Politics
6. Description Abstract This introductory chapter lays out the purpose of the book, which is to explore how a country permeated by the supposedly peaceful teachings of Theravāda Buddhism became a “killing field”. This broad question has generated a considerable volume of literature. This book will focus on a crucial segment of these complex developments: the powerful role of the Saṅgha Buddhist monks in the contemporary politics of war and peace in Lanka. The chapter outlines the theoretical approaches and fieldwork undertaken in the course of writing the book. The chapter also provides a history of Lanka with particular attention to the colonialist period (from 1505) to the present day and the creation of a 'federal system'. It concludes that In Lanka, the notion of independence did not come from secular forces but through an attempt to re-establish and re-assert the legitimacy of Buddhism and its chief-interpreters, the Saṅgha, eventually restorin them at the center of power and at the center of the conflict.

7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 13-Apr-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24501
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Buddhist Monks and the Politics of Lanka's Civil War
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Sri Lanka,
1815 to present
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd