The Sidath Sangarawa; A Grammar of the Sinhalese Language Trasnlated Into English, with Introduction, Notes, and Appendices

The Sidath Sangarawa; A Grammar of the Sinhalese Language Trasnlated Into English, with Introduction, Notes, and Appendices

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...at p. xiii., we shall venture upon a few remarks. The Wijayan and Budhistical eras, according to the Mahawanso, are identical. And "there is," says Mr. Turnour, "a groundfor suspecting that sectarian zeal, or the impostures of superstition have led to the assignment of the same date for the landing of Wijayo, with the cardinal Budhistical event--the death of Gotamo." f "Suffice it to say. that from the date of the introduction of Buddhism into Ceylon, in B. C. 307, that history is authenticated by the concurrence of every evidence, which can contribute to verify the annals of any country."--Mahawanso p. hi.-f-Mr. Turnour seems to think that the date of Wijayo's landing: in Ceylon bas been antedated, "for the purpose of supporting a pretended revelation or command of Budhu, with which the seventh Chapter of the Mahawanso opens." He fays "It became a point of interesting inquiry to ascertain whether the' Budhists of Ceylon had ventured to nterpolate this injunction, as well as 'the five resolve silently willed by Gotamo.' mentioned in the seventeenth chapter, iuto the Fitakattaya, for the purpose of deluding the inhabitants of this Island; as that imposition might, perhaps, have been detected by comparing those passages with the Pitakattaya of the Burmese empire, and the Sanscrit edition presented to the Bengal Asiatic Society, by Mr. Hodgson. On referring, accordingly, to the Parinibbanasuttan in the Dighanikayo, uo trace whatever vat to be fovnd there of these pattagct. But the "five resolves' alone are contained in the Atthakatha to tiat suttan: hut even tlee the command to Sakko, predictive of Wijan's landing in Ceylon, is not noticed. I took the opportunity of an official interview with...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236752058
  • 9781236752055