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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List of Figures and Table x List of Photographs xi Acknowledgements xii Guide to Pronunciation xiv Glossary xv Chapter 1 Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality 1 Haskam or Marvellous Potentiality 5 The Polysemy of the Hindu ...
Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Ritual Practices and Religious Identity Pilgrimage and a Comparison Between Munnesvaram and Kataragama Worship and Ethnicity Sacrifice Sorcery Trance Maniyan Sorcery and Protection at ...
Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 References Index The Maradankulam Aiyanar Festival The Theme of Inviolability in the Formation of the Regional Polity The World Inside Out Jokes at the Boundary The Flag-Hoisting – Origination The 'Trust' ...
0 20 40 60 80 100 km Mannar Trincomalee Puttalam Anuradhapura Batticaloa CHILAW D edu ra Oya Kurunegala Kandy Negombo Colombo Adam's Peak Kataragama Galle Matara Figure 1.1 Map of Sri Lanka N Jaffna CHAPTER 1 WORSHIP, DIFFERENCE AND ...
CHAPTER 1 WORSHIP, DIFFERENCE AND MARVELLOUS POTENTIALITY 5 When Jesuit missionaries were given the revenues associated with the Munnesvaram temple in 1605 by the Portuguese Captain General of what was then called Ceilao (later Ceylon), ...
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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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