A Story of Ancient Lanka -Dhatusena – My Son by Mahathera Mahanama Sthavira – Mario Perera
Posted on October 25th, 2018

The book Dhatusena – my son, purports to be written by Thera Mahanama and is therefore essentially a novel.
The book elaborates in great detail the historical, political social, and religious contexts in which the lives of the heroes and villains of the narrative unfold.
The subject of the book is permeated with reflections that probe the depths of the country’s religious and cultural heritage, which form the background of the story.

Even prior to Independence, and especially after the defeat of the LTTE in 2009, opponents of Sinhala Buddhist Lanka have heavily focused their attacks on the
Mahavamsa, discrediting its narrative from many points of view.
It is all too obvious, therefore that the best way to undermine the Sinhala – Buddhist claim to Lanka is by an all – out assault on the veracity and credibility of the
Mahavamsa.

 

PREFACE

By Juanita Perera, Ph.D University of Rochester, New York

Even prior to Independence, and especially after the defeat of the LTTE in 2009, opponents of Sinhala – Buddhist Lanka have heavily focused their attacks on the Mahavamsa, discrediting its narrative from many points of view. In this context it will be remembered that the first ever Sinhala – Tamil racial riots were provoked in 1939, as a result of Mr.G.G.Ponnambalam tearing into the Mahavamsa. The riots spread from Nawalapitiya to the East and up to Jaffna.

Recently the polemics around the same subject flared up once more, especially due to anti-Mahavamsa articles published on the Website of D.B.S. Jeyaraj. Northern political leaders themselves joined the fray, adding fuel to the fire with inflammatory declarations that fanned the flame. It is all too obvious, therefore that the best way to undermine the Sinhala – Buddhist claim to Lanka is by an all-out assault on the veracity and credibility of the Mahavamsa.

King Dhatusena who commissioned the writing of the Mahavamsa, has had a following in recent times among authors, writers, and cinematographers. Most noteworthy among such works is the television serial C Raja – Lion King of Jackson Anthony. The book Dhatusena – my son, purports to be written by Thera Mahanama and is therefore essentially a novel. The book elaborates in great detail the historical, political, social, and religious contexts in which the lives of the heroes and villains of the narrative unfold. The subject of the book is permeated with reflections that probe the depths of the country’s religious and cultural heritage, which form the background of the story.

This book is probably the most detailed work of its kind featuring three cornerstones of this country: Dhatusena, Mahanama, and the Fabulous Mahavamsa, the Great Chronicle of Glorious Lanka. The importance of this topic to Sri Lanka of today is unquestionable. Its relevance would seem even more important than before.

One Response to “A Story of Ancient Lanka -Dhatusena – My Son by Mahathera Mahanama Sthavira – Mario Perera”

  1. aloy Says:

    Mario,
    I know Mahavamsa name is respected in one ASEAN country. Perhaps this name was used even before Bhikku Mahanama wrote it. May be the true history of Sinhalas is beginning to emerge.

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