The Role played by The Ceylon RefoRmed SoCieTy and The oRienTal mediCal SCienCe fund in The Revival of TRadiTional mediCine in Ceylon/SRi lanka

Journal Title: Social Affairs - Year 2015, Vol 1, Issue 2

Abstract

This paper elaborates on how and in what ways the nineteenth century nationalist unrest motivated local elite groups to work together to restore traditional medicine in Sri Lanka which underwent a signifcant decline as a result of foreign rule for more than four hundred years. It narrates the activities organised by the Ceylon Reformed Society and the Oriental Medical Fund in the context of the colonial government’s decision to provide state sponsorship to traditional medicine between 1900 and 1925. This paper is part of a PhD research project which was carried out from 2005-10 employing qualitative data collection and analysis methods to study the development of state patronage for traditional medicine in Sri Lanka from 1900-1980. Research fndings reveal that activities carried out by the said groups and organizations paved way for the institutionalisation of traditional medicine on a fairly equal footing with Western medicine in pre-independence Sri Lanka.

Authors and Affiliations

Rathnayake M. Abeyrathne

Keywords

Related Articles

SOME ETHNO-ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE SUBSISTENCE STRATEGIES OF THE VEDDAS IN SRI LANKA

Veddas are considered to be the indigenous people of Sri Lanka. A century ago, the Veddas were scattered across the Eastern Province, and some parts of the North-Central and Uva Provinces, although at present they are...

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA

These recollections have been drawn from adaptations of two types of material: 1) Speeches delivered at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the University of Peradeniya held at the University of Peradeniya on January 1...

SURVIVAL AND REVIVAL OF TIBETAN ETHNIC IDENTITY IN INDIA

Ethnic identity is a complex multifaceted phenomenon that is constructed or negotiated to form a nation-state. Once formed, it occupies an intrinsic part of the development of an individual. Multiple circumstances have...

ON THE BANK OF RIVER MAHAWELI

The following song was written by Wetara Mahinda, who frst produced the piece in Sinhala with the title ‘Mahaweli iwure pot gula weta pe…’ (music produced and sung by Sanath Nandasiri), and later himself translated it...

SOCIOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CEYLON

For eight years after its establishment in 1948, the Department of Sociology remained in the ambiguous terrain of being both an independent department and a subordinate partner of the Economics Department. In that role...

Download PDF file
  • EP ID EP31411
  • DOI -
  • Views 272
  • Downloads 2

How To Cite

Rathnayake M. Abeyrathne (2015). The Role played by The Ceylon RefoRmed SoCieTy and The oRienTal mediCal SCienCe fund in The Revival of TRadiTional mediCine in Ceylon/SRi lanka. Social Affairs, 1(2), -. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-31411