Sinhala Buddhist Appropriations of Indic Cultural Forms: Literary Imitations and Conquests
the development of Sinhala literature and Buddhist culture in Sri Lanka between the tenth and sixteenth centuries ce reveals a complex negotiation of appropriating elements of Indic culture and distinguishing their Sinhala variants. Vernacular traditions of writing and worshipping emphasized the island's differences from the mainland, despite (or perhaps because of) the invasions and cultural imports from South India. Examining the use of a literary vernacular, praise poetry, and messenger poetry in Sinhala, this article explores medieval Sri Lankan efforts to appropriate and ultimately rival the literary and religious cultures from the neighboring subcontinent.
Berkwitz, Stephen C. "Sinhala Buddhist Appropriations of Indic Cultural Forms: Literary Imitations and Conquests." Religions of South Asia 10, no. 1 (2016): 31-53.
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