A Descriptive Catalogue of Sanskrit, Pali and Sinhalese Literary Works of Ceylon; By James D'Alwis. in Three Volumes

A Descriptive Catalogue of Sanskrit, Pali and Sinhalese Literary Works of Ceylon; By James D'Alwis. in Three Volumes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...that I should sing in the Magadhi. Whatever the matters may be, which were contained in the Atthakatha, without suppressing any part thereof, rejecting the dialect only, I compose my work in the supreme Megadhi language, which is thoroughly purified from all imperfections. I will brilliantly illustrate, then, the Mahawanso, replete with information on every subject, and comprehending the amplest detail of all important events; like unto a splendid and dazzling garland, strung with every variety of flowers, rich in color, taste, and scent. "The former historians, also, used an analogous simile. They said, 'I will celebrate the dynasties (' wanso') perpetuated from generation to generation; illustrious from the commencement, and lauded by many bards: like unto agarland strung with every variety of flowers: do ye all listen with intense interest.' "After some further commentaries on other words of the first verse, Mahanamo thus explains his motives for under taking the compilation of his history, before he touches on the second. " ' Thus I, the author of the Mahewanso, by having rendered to religion the reverence due thereto, in my first verse, have procured for myself immunity from misfortune. In case it should be asked in this particular place, 'why, while there are Mahawansos composed by ancient authors in the Singhalese language, this author has written this Palapadoruwanso?' in refutation of such an unmeaning objection, I thus explain the advantage of composing the Palapadoru-wansa, viz., that in the M-aha'.wanso composed by the ancients, there is the defect, as well of prolixity as of brevity. There are also other inaccuracies deserving of notice. Avoiding...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236935632
  • 9781236935632