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The 'army of Buddhist power' in Sri Lankan politics

Deegalle, M (2016) 'The 'army of Buddhist power' in Sri Lankan politics.' In: Kawanami, H, ed. Buddhism and the political process. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 121-144. ISBN 9781137573995

Abstract

This is the first detailed study of the Sri Lankan Buddhist activist movement, Bodu Bala Sena, translated in the chapter as 'The Army of Buddhist Power.' The chapter contextualizes BBS (Bodu Bala Sena) in contemporary social and political setting of post-war period and identifies its key features with an examination of the Five Resolutions. To identify it as a revivalist and purification movement, BBS anthem is studied in detail by taking into account media criticism of its content. BBS stood as a puritan movement of acting against those who misinterpreted the Buddha's teachings. In particular, BBS's confrontation of Sirivardhana is examined here as one case of misinterpretation of Buddhism with a detailed analysis of Sirivardhana's analysis of Arantalava Massacre (1986). It studies eloquence in preaching and demonizing that occurs in the rhetoric and interpretation.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Asian Studies, Asian Religion, politics, politics and religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 11:29
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2016 09:30
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/6591
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