The Domain of Constant Excess: Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan ethnic conflict that has occurred largely between Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus is marked by a degree of religious tolerance that sees both communities worshiping together. This study describes one important site of such worship, the ancient Hindu temple complex of Munnesvaram. Standing adjacent to one of Sri Lanka's historical western ports, the fortunes of the Munnesvaram temples have waxed and waned through the years of turbulence, violence and social change that have been the country's lot since the advent of European colonialism in the Indian Ocean. Bastin recounts the story of these temples and analyses how the Hindu temple is reproduced as a center of worship amidst conflict and competition.
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... Ambal and Kali Guardians, Games and the Formation of Power The Village Guardian Myths of the Guardian Deities 59 60 64 65 67 69 70 73 76 81 89 90 92 93 95 101 103 108 110 117 117 123 127 129 133 134 141 145 147 150 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 ...
... Ambal statue and Meru Yantra The Bhadrakali Statue Covered In Cooling Sandalwood Paste A Maniyo Cuts a Lime to Remove Sorcery at the Bhadrakali Temple Puja to the Meru Yantra. In the top right corner is the mirror that stands in front ...
... Ambal menstruates Ådi utsavam (Tm.) – The main Munnesvaram festival ädurå (Sinh.) – ritual specialist ågama (Skt.) – tradition, knowledge, authority ågama nilåyam (Skt.) – temple library ågamas (Tm.) – the core texts of Tamil Saivism ...
... Ambal, etc. valampuri (Tm.) – special conch with clockwise turn varam, varama (Sinh.) – warrant or boon granted by a deity to a devotee, usually associated with soothsaying and ordered trance varam (Skt.) – boon or request vas (Skt ...
... Ambal and Kali as the energy of action and practice in the world. The Navaratri, not unlike the three other Navaratri festivals Munnesvaram celebrates, is not a popular festival with Sinhala Buddhists. Instead, it is strongly marked by ...
Chapter 3 Myths and Marginality
Chapter 4 Ritual Practices and Religious Identity
Chapter 5 The Saivite Temple as a Monumental Architecture
Puja and Arccanai
Chapter 7 The Presence of Sakti
Chapter 8 Guardians Games and the Formation of Power
Chapter 9 The World Inside Out
Chapter 10 The Domain of Excess
Divine Kings and Regal Gods Temples in Society and History