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The Concretization of Sinhalese into the Ethnic Identity by Buddhist Pilgrimages: A Historical Investigation

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RGD Jayawardena

Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya,, LK
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The Buddhist pilgrimages are a major factor that had an impact on the formation of the Sinhalese culture and the concretization of the people. By looking at it from a socio-anthropology point of view, certain stories relating to the lives of the early inhabitants have proved that it is a historical truth, that concretization of the Ceylonese occurred was through pilgrimages. The stories of pilgrimages that occur in the Buddhist literature are related to the sacred historical places and items that they visited. With reference to these facts the study observes how the pilgrimages demonstrated the social norms thus developing a Sinhalese ethnic identity.

Sri Lanka Journal of Advanced Social Studies Vol. 1 - No. 2 - Page 69-84

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v1i2.4857

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v1i2.4857
How to Cite: Jayawardena, R., (2012). The Concretization of Sinhalese into the Ethnic Identity by Buddhist Pilgrimages: A Historical Investigation. Sri Lanka Journal of Advanced Social Studies. 1(2), pp.69–84. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v1i2.4857
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Published on 29 Oct 2012.
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