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Muṭasīva

King of Sri Lanka, senior contemporary of Asoka. He was the son of Paṇḍukābhaya and Suvaṇṇapālī, and reigned for sixty years (307‑247 B.C.). Among his works was the laying out of the Mahāmeghavana. He had ten sons and two daughters,¹ and was succeeded by his second son, Devānampiyatissa (Mhv.xi.1 ff; xiii.2). The Dīpavaṃsa (v. 82; but see xi.13) says that the sixth year of Asoka’s reign corresponded with the forty-eighth of Muṭasīva’s. Muṭasīva, was crowned in the fourteenth year of Candagutta’s reign and was still alive when the Third Council was held, when Mahinda was entrusted with the conversion of Sri Lanka; but Mahinda waited for the death of Muṭasīva before carrying out his mission. Mhv.xi.12.

¹ For their names see Dpv.xi.5 and xvii.25 f., also MT. 425: Abhaya, Tissa (Devānampiyatissa), Nāga (Mahānāga), Uttiya, Mattābhayā, Mitta, Sīva (Mahā-Sīva), Asela, Tissa, (Sūratissa), Kīra, Anulā and Sīvalī.

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