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Research interests

My NWO-funded PhD project concerns the contemporary (re)appraisal and revitalisation of Ravana amongst Sinhalese Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Ravana is nowadays regarded by several Sinhalese Buddhists (Sri Lanka?s ethnic majority) as a heroic ruler and at some places in Sri Lanka Ravana is even venerated as a god. To investigate the phenomenon of Ravanisation (the contemporary revitalization of Ravana) I am conducting fieldwork research in Sri Lanka at two sites. At those particular sites I focus on stories, folklore, poetry, rituals, performances, experiences and material expressions concerning Ravana. By doing this I will investigate how and why Ravana is nowadays revitalised within the context of Sinhalese self-understanding and (ethnic) identity construction in a post-war situation.


  • Pilgrimage
  • Identity
  • Inter-Religious Communication
  • Religion And Culture
  • Religious Diversity
  • Southeast Asia
  • Nationalism
  • Sacred Space
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism

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Sri Lanka Arts & Humanities
Conceptualization Arts & Humanities
Buddhist Arts & Humanities
Warrior Arts & Humanities
Healers Arts & Humanities
Civilization Arts & Humanities
Devotion Arts & Humanities
Invention Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2016 2019

  • 6 Article
  • 3 Web publication/site
  • 1 Abstract
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

[Review of the book Hindus in the Netherlands, Freek L. Bakker, 2018]

de Koning, D., Aug 2019, In : NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion. 73, 3, p. 249-250 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewOther research output

Mythevorming en sociale media bij groeiende anti-moslimsentimenten in Sri Lanka

de Koning, D., 2 Oct 2018, In : Diggit Magazine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access
Open Access
Sri Lanka

De revitalisering van Ravana: Een verkennend onderzoek naar hedendaagse voorstellingen van Ravana onder Sinhalezen in Sri Lanka

Translated title of the contribution: Revitalising Ravana: An Exploration of Contemporary Representations of Ravana Among Sinhalese in Sri Lankade Koning, D., 2017, In : NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion. 71, 3, p. 257-276

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Sri Lanka

Geweld in Myanmar raakt buurlanden

Translated title of the contribution: The Impact of the Myanmar Conflict on other Asian Countriesde Koning, D., 21 Sep 2017, In : Nederlands Dagblad. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Invited talk

Van Jodensavanne tot Sri Ram: Jodendom, Hindoeïsme en de Nederlandse kolonie Suriname

M.J. Stoutjesdijk (Speaker), Deborah de Koning (Speaker)
16 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Press / Media

Buddhists use bullets too

Tineke Nugteren & D.D.C. de Koning


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment