Ceylon and the Cingalese
by Henry Charles Sirr (9781458817129)

Ceylon and the Cingalese
 
Henry Charles Sirr
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 88
Category: India
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781458817129
ISBN-10: 1458817121



Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. National religion Antiquity of Buddhism Transmigrntion of souls Fabulous beings Mythology of the Cingalese Heavens Hells Gods Demons Devil-dancers, their origin How practised Punishments Account of the last Buddha that appeared Biith, marriage, life, and death of Goutama Buddha Tenets of Buddhism Commands of Buddha Doctrines inculcated. The national system of religion in Ceylon is Buddhaical, and although there are many of the natives who profess either Protestantism or Catholicism, we have been assured by a Moodliar holding a high official appointment, there is not one of the professed converts who does not make offerings to the gods, temples, and priests. We shall now proceed to give an outline of the system of Buddhism, its belief, rewards, punishment, and other matters connected with this form of worship. Tradition cannot trace back, nor history assist in fixing the date, when Buddhism first assertedits sway over a vast portion of the human race; but it is certain that, from the earliest ages, Ceylon, China, India, Thibet, and Burmah, acknowledged the yoke of the Buddhaical religion; and deeply is it to be deplored that, at the present day, millions prostrate themselves before the shrines of Buddha, in the portions of the world before named, acknowledging the code of morality prescribed by this system as their sole guide through life. Buddhism, it is asserted by ancient records, was first promulgated in a region of Northern India, called Magadha, and the language in which the sacred books are written, now termed Pali, is affirmed to have been the language of the people of Magadhi; this language is looked upon as being of great antiquity Buddhists declaring that it is the root of all other tongues. In Kachayana's grammar of Pali, we read, page '2...

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