Sr iLankan Poet Alagiyawanna MukavetI’s Work Studied

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Sri lankan poet Alagiyawanna Mukaveti is the subject of analysis of a new piece of work.Stephen C. Berkwitz’s Buddhist Poetry and Colonialism examines five works by the  poet to demonstrate how Buddhism in Sri Lanka was shaped and transformed by encounters with Portuguese colonizers and missionaries in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

By following the written works of Alagiyavanna Mukaveti (1552-1625?) from the court of a powerful Sinhala king through the cultural upheavals of warfare and Christian missions and finally to his eventual conversion to Catholicism and employment under the Portuguese Crown, this book uses the poetry of a single author to reflect upon how Sinhala verse fashioned new visions of power and religious identity when many of the traditional Buddhist institutions were in retreat

 

ONE OF THE POETS WORK:

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