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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alīnī (Tm.) (Skt.) – – bodily vermilion energy powder used for decorative (and protective) pottu mark on forehead (usually of women) kurukkal kusa (Skt. . (or ) – gurukkal type of . water ) (Tm.) – Brahmin temple priest reed kutsam ...
... in Chapter 2) is important for several reasons, because, in addition to its place in the temple's built form, the inscription is central to the relationship between the temple and the Brahmin priests who effectively own the temple.
Moreover, the presence of two temples, one run by vegetarian Brahmins the other by non-vegetarian non-Brahmins, enables the complex to express in a refractive manner (and not simply reflect or represent) the activities of sections of ...
For example, all are elements of the relations between the priests of the Munnesvaram temple, who are Tamil Saivite Brahmins, and the villagers of the surrounding area who are mostly Sinhala Buddhists. Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict does, ...
Notwithstanding the differences between Sri Lankan Tamil Saivism and that of south India (where, for example, the Saiva/Vaisnava (Visnu-centred) distinction obtains more strongly and there is a markedly greater presence of Brahmin ...
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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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