|Chapter title||The Mandala State in Pre-British Sri Lanka: The Cosmographical Terrain of Contested Sovereignty in the Theravada Buddhism Tradition|
|Authors||de Silva-Wijeyeratne, R.|
|Editors||Wagner, A. and Sherwin, R.K.|
What I do here is to explore the aesthetic reproduction of Buddhist sovereignty in pre-British Sri Lanka. My argument points to an inherent tension between the virtual sovereignty that characterizes the claims that Buddhist kingship makes, and the actuality of a decentralized bureaucratic State that was a feature of the Buddhist polities that emerged in the shadow of the Asokan phase of the Mauryan Empire in the 3rd century BCE. Our understanding of sovereignty in Theravada Buddhism owes much to the period of Emperor Asoka’s rule as well as Canonical texts such as the Agganna Sutta (The Discourse on What is Primary) and the Cakkavatti Sihanada Sutta (The Lions Roar of the Wheel-Turning Emperor), and the 4th century BCE text on Hindu statecraft the Arthashastra.
|Keywords||Buddhist sovereignty, mandala state, galactic polity|
|Book title||Law, Culture and Visual Studies|
|Published||04 Aug 2014|
|Place of publication||New York|