Mahāvamsa ［大史・大王統史］ (Pali; Daishi or Dai-ōtōshi): “The Great Chronicle.” A historical chronicle of Sri Lanka compiled by Mahānāma in the fifth century. Written in Pali verse style, the Mahāvamsa is at once a chronological record of dynastic succession in Sri Lanka and a Buddhist history. This work was based on the Dīpavamsa (“The History of the Island”), an older chronicle of Sri Lanka and Buddhism. It ends with the time of the king Mahāsena, who reigned from the late third through the early fourth century. The Chūlavamsa (“The Little Chronicle”) is a sequel to the Mahāvamsa, continuing the history of Sri Lanka to the nineteenth century. The name Mahāvamsa is often applied to the original Mahāvamsa together with its sequel, Chūlavamsa.