Sri Lanka Ponders Studying Ravana
COLOMBO, (IANS) – Sri Lanka’s opposition lawmaker has filed a motion in the Parliament seeking an in-depth study on Ravana, the mythical demon king referred in the Ramayana – the oldest Sanskrit epic written in the 5th century BCE.
In a private member motion, MP Buddhika Pathirana has urged the initiation of a systematic study on Ravana, on whom there is no specific historical information.
He said that a study would help to know about the hidden period of Sri Lanka’s history and such a study would enable an understanding of the knowledge that king Ravana possessed.
Even though there are many locations related to Ravana in Sri Lanka and other characters like Seeta in Ramayana, there is no specific study or historical data.
Recently, there has been a growing interest in studying Ravana; and groups and organizations related to Sinhala nationalism have used the name of Ravana to identify themselves.
The motion is listed for presentation in the House on December 9.