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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... Bhadrakali Temple Festival Divine Kings and Regal Gods: Temples in Society and History Orientalism and Postcolonialism 152 157 163 164 165 170 171 173 175 183 186 189 190 192 195 201 207 213 227 Figure 1.1 Figure 2.1 Figure 3.1 Figure ...
... 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 Paste A Maniyo ...
... Bhadrakali temple, for allowing me to work in their temples and for being available to answer questions and express ... temple with love, good humour and enthusiasm. Finally, my thanks to my parents Neil and Erina Bastin for their love ...
... Bhadrakali temple arul . (Tm.) – 'grace', divine presence Äsala Perahara (Sinh.) – the main Buddhist festival in Kandy that centres on the Temple of the Tooth Relic åscarya (Skt.) – miracle asuras (Tm.) – antigods or enemies of the gods ...
... temple used for målå (Skt.) – garland man mä ̄niyan .∂ala (Skt.) (Sinh.) – – ritual plural diagram form ... Bhadrakali mantra (Skt.) – ritual syllabic utterance (linked to both 'measure' and 'mind') måran mariyåtai .a (Skt.) (Tm ...
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