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And enables them to conquer and govern us who are morally weakened by superstitious barriers. Grasp this mighty power of unity, then, true to our creed as followers of our Lord of Wisdom, use it peaceably to gain our rightful end” (qtd. in Kemper 199). As well, the leaders of the Theosophical Society founded in the US in 1875, Colonel Henry Steele Olcott (a former Union officer in the American Civil War) and Madame Helena Blavatsky played a key role in Sri Lanka’s Buddhist revivalism of the 1880s.
Unlike any other nations in these parts, they are cannibals” (236). The figure on the fringe becomes the absolute manifestation of the “uncivilized” Other. All marks of civilization are absent: there is no judicial system, their language is not intelligible and they are cannibals and thereby possess the ultimate marker of barbarity. Herodotus’s description poses the question of what establishes identity. Language manifests itself as one of the markers of identity. Yet the “English” patient speaks various languages—English, German, and the tribe’s Ondaatje’s The English Patient and Rewriting History 41 dialect—rather than only one.
In the end, Dharmapala became the most influential figure in Buddhist revivalism, which rested on “an appeal to the past glories of Buddhism and Sinhalese civilization celebrated in the Mahavamsa and other chronicles as a way of infusing the Sinhalese with a new nationalist identity and self-respect in the face of humiliation and restrictions suffered under British rule and Christian missionary influence” (Tambiah 1992, 6). C. (see Little 19–36). ” This, we are told, was “in keeping with the sixth-century sect of monks who lived under such strict principles that they rejected any religious decoration” (84).