Buddhist Art and Culture
Arahat Mahinda's arrival in Sri Lanka can be regarded as the
beginning of Sinhala culture. He brought to Lanka not only a new
religion but also a whole civilization then at the height of its glory.
He introduced art and architecture into the island along with
Sangharamas and Cetiyas. He can be regarded as the father of Sinhalese
Arahat Mahinda brought to the island of the Sinhalese the
commentaries of the Tripitaka and put them into Sinhalese for the
benefit of the people of the Island. He thus made Sinhalese a literary
language and inaugurated its literature.
Establishment of Buddhism in Sri Lanka influenced the development of
Sinhala Culture and the Arts.
Historians agree totally that the acceptence by the people of Sri
Lanka of Buddhism, with which the authentic history of the island
begins, profoundly influenced the subsequent course of events therein
and has imparted to its culture its distinctive character.
It is a fact that the foundation of Sinhala Culture was Buddhism.
After Buddhism was established in Sri Lanka, it began to develop with
the royal patronage provided for it. In a civilization based on Buddhism
many changes took place.
Mihintalava, as time went on, developed into a sacred precinct, a
complete Vihara consisting of Stupas, Uposathagharas, Bodhigharas,
Patimagharas, surrounded by Avasas.