A MODERN HISTORY OF ADAM’S BRIDGE BASED ON 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN AND SRI LANKAN SINHALA BUDDHIST SOURCES
SOME GENERAL BACKGROUND OF THE ISSUE:
Attention needs to be focused in on a specific set of issues to do with the contest over Rama Setu or Adam’s Bridge in relation to religion, empire and culture of predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka. The topic is narrowed down to the 19th and 20th centuries to make it manageable. Please include the history of Adam’s Bridge in Chapter 1, with emphasis on Indian and Mahayana Buddhist (Lankavatara-sutra) acceptance of the phenomenon. Chapter two must be for the European/Muslim/Christian accounts and histories of Adam’s Bridge. Chapter 3 must be for Why and How Buddhist Sri Lanka has given no place to this literally existence geographical phenomenon. The obvious reason is that Sinhalese Buddhists have always wanted to imagine that the phenomenon never exists. How they tactfully promoted Adam’s Peak but ignored Adam’s Bridge, so that the sacred geography of the island of Sri Lanka would never be adulterated by the land connection to the island. Chapter 3 must include the way Ravana is hero to Sinhalese Buddhists, and that Buddha asked Vishnu to be the guardian of Lanka, and that Ravana is a disciple of Vishnu and/or Buddha
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