Cultural routes of Sri Lanka as extensions of international itineraries: identification of their impacts of tangible and intangible heritage

Manawadu, Samitha (2005) Cultural routes of Sri Lanka as extensions of international itineraries: identification of their impacts of tangible and intangible heritage. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Indigenous Sri Lankan culture received multifaceted influences from foreign cultures, mainly due to international cultural routes passing through the island. Their influences spread into hinterland through water and land routes, and were adsorbed by societies, forming a multifaceted heterogeneous culture with rich tangible and intangible elements. First most prominent was the prehistoric Indo Aryan cultures; of which climax was the introduction of Buddhism with Buddhist art and architecture during early historic period. Dravidian Cultures followed it. Transcontinental cultures were brought through Silk Road on the Sea, resulting cultural contaminations from the Far East and the West during historic period. Next was the infiltration of Chola and Pallava cultures along with Hindu Art and Architecture. During the medieval period, Mohammedans travellers and the Europeans brought Islamic and Christian elements respectively. The early international cultural routes prompted subsequent appearance of pilgrimage and trade routes, which extended from ports to hinterland Sri Lanka, encouraging spread of multifaceted culture. Purpose of this paper is to disclose findings from an ongoing research on “Impacts of International Cultural Routes on the Cultural Itineraries in Sri Lanka”.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Manawadu, Samitha
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural routes; trade routes; historical survey; tangible heritage; intangible heritage; international routes
Subjects: H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 10:36
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15
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2. THE TRAVEL OF MARCO POLO. Broadway Travellers. Edited by Sir E.Denison Ross and Eileen Power. Translated into English from the text of LF.Benedetto by Pro. Aldo Ricci published by George Routledge and sons Ltd, London. 1931.

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