TAPSA: Justin Henry, "The Many Ramayanas of Lanka"

Scholars have for decades sought to explain the absence of the Rāmāyana narrative in Pali historiography, as well as its paucity in the Buddhist textual tradition of Sri Lanka relative to elsewhere in Southern Asia. This paper considers the literary resurgence of the Rāmāyana in 15th century Sri Lanka, with special attention given to depictions of Rāvaṇa’s kingdom. I argue that these developments represent a concession on the part of Buddhist historiographers to Sri Lanka’s religious and political diversity at the time.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103