The Domain of Constant Excess: Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka
Berghahn Books, Dec 1, 2002 - Social Science - 254 pages
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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... Thing Seen': Puja and Arccanai Daily Rites Puja as Offering Sinhala Buddhist Statuary The Logic of Deity Offerings in Sinhala Buddhism The Presence of Sakti The Goddess and Her 'Mountain' The Identity of Ambal and Kali Guardians, ...
The Munnesvaram Temple and Tank (courtesy of Nihal Fernando, Studio Times) The Munnesvaram Temple Inner Sanctum showing the Sivalinga, and to the right the Ambal statue and Meru Yantra The Bhadrakali Statue Covered In Cooling Sandalwood ...
... dawning Ådi (Tm.)–Tamil month corresponding to the Sinhala Asala, July/August Ådi Püram (Tm.) – special day in the month when goddess Ambal menstruates Ådi utsavam (Tm.) – The main Munnesvaram festival ädurå (Sinh.) ...
... name of the metal images normally taken on festival processions uttåna (Skt.) – face upwards våhana (Skt.) – vehicle, term for the animal bearers of deities such as Nandi, the Bull, for Siva, the lion for Ambal, etc. valampuri (Tm.) ...
In Chapter 7 I examine this presence of sakti, paying special attention to the Sarada Navaratri festival, a festival for the goddess which articulates the relationship between Ambal and Kali as the energy of action and practice in the ...
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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
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