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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... Chilaw haskam (Sinh.) – miracle, marvel hata (Sinh.) – seven hatka††iya (Sinh.) – 'gang of seven', the retinue of deity's in the Aiyanar temple at Maradankulam He ̄vesi (Sinh.) – drummers from the Berava caste Hiran.ya Neram (Tm ...
... Chilaw Salågama (Sinh.) – caste traditionally associated with weaving and cinnamon peeling ßalava (Sinh.) – weaving hall, possible source of the name for Chilaw, Salawatta/Halawatta sam såra (Sinh.) – this life . san. ing danam a deity ...
... 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 MARVELLOUS POTENTIALITY 5 When Jesuit. – xxiv –
... Chilaw, during the period from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. My discussion is intended to draw out general issues about Hindu temples and their place in south Indian and Sri Lankan society and history. In order to do so, I shall argue ...
... Chilaw and plunged under the waters amidst wild splashing and bathing by assembled worshippers. The statues of the deities are brought to the river in a procession from the temple and housed in a special octagonal pavilion built solely ...
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