The Mahavamsa: 6th Century BC to 4th Century AD by Wilhelm Geiger

The Mahavamsa: 6th Century BC to 4th Century AD

byWilhelm Geiger

Kobo ebook | April 29, 2015

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The Mahavamsa (English translation : "Great Chronicle") is a historical book written in the Pali language about the Kings of Sri Lanka. The first version of it covered the period from the coming of King Vijaya of the Rarh region of ancient Bengal in 543 BCE to the reign of King Mahasena (334–361 AD).

It covers the early history of religion in Sri Lanka, beginning with the time of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. It also briefly recounts the history of Buddhism in India, from the date of the Buddha's death to the various Buddhist councils where the Dharma was reviewed. Every chapter of the Mahavamsa ends by stating that it is written for the "serene joy of the pious". From the emphasis of its point-of-view, it can be said to have been compiled to record the good deeds of the kings who were patrons of the Mahavihara temple in Anuradhapura.

This edition is the English translation of the Mahavamsa.

Title:The Mahavamsa: 6th Century BC to 4th Century ADFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 29, 2015Publisher:Herne Ridge Ltd.Language:English

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