The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival is delighted to welcome Professor Gananath Obeyesekere.
Gananath Obeyesekere is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology who enjoyed a very distinctive career at Princeton University.
Following from his first seminal studies in the late sixties, he has written extensively on cult and religious practices in Sri Lanka, including Medusa’s Hair (1981), The Cult of the Goddess Pattini (1984) and Buddhism Transformed (1988).
His most recent book is called The Doomed King: A Requiem for Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (2017). It attempts to restore the last Kandyan King to some dignity, and liberate him from what Obeysekere identifies as the pervasive neo-colonialization of modern scholars.