The Mahavamsa: The Great Chronicle of Sri Lanka
The Mahavamsa is the epic tale of ancient Sri Lanka's founding and early history. It is the least known of all the world's great chronicles, and much less familiar than its Subcontinent forebears, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
The Mahavamsa or "Great Chronicle" describes the founding era of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Its sweeping coverage of the period from 500 BC through 300 AD details the origins of virtually every religious practice and social institution in Sri Lanka and South India today.
This edition contains the text of the Mahavamsa, plus numerous explanatory notes and commentaries that paint a broad picture of the era in which the Mahavamsa was written.