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Bones Around My NeckThe Life and Exile of a Prince Provocateur$
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Tamara Loos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704635

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704635.001.0001

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British Ceylon and India

British Ceylon and India

The Prince Priest

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(p.96) 6 British Ceylon and India
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Bones Around My Neck
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Tamara Loos

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501704635.003.0006

This chapter examines Prisdang's exceptionally public life as a monk in Lanka. Over the course of his fifteen years in Lanka, Prisdang founded two free schools for impoverished children, acted as guide and interlocutor for many foreign guests, and rubbed shoulders with leading Theosophists, foreign royalty, authors, and political figures from around the world. In his writings from the period, he viewed Lankan Buddhism through the lens of imperialism's patronizing contempt, but with a twist. Yet, endlessly energetic and a showman at heart, he still could not suppress his apparent need to be at the center of politics, let alone exorcise his desire to return to Siam.

Keywords:   Lanka, Lankan Buddhism, Buddhism, imperialism, Prisdang's monkhood, Prisdang's public life, international Buddhist diplomacy

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