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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Tirtham – The Crossing Point 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 ...
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 ...
Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin ... the chief priest of the Munnesvaram temple, and K. Letchiraman, the chief priest of the Bhadrakali temple, for allowing me to work in their temples and for being ...
Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. ankeliya . (Sinh.) – horn game an uhasa, anuhas (Sinh.) ... term for the male trance specialists who are the counterparts of the mäniyan at the Bhadrakali temple arul .
apa events (Skt.) – 'great spring hall', area in temple used for målå (Skt.) – garland man mä ̄niyan . ... 'mother', a female trance specialist and particularly a devotee of the goddess Bhadrakali mantra (Skt.) – ritual syllabic ...
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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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