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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Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. To the Memory of Neil Edward Bastin (1929–2001) - v- CONTENTS 5 List of Figures and Table x 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 Sacred in ...
... 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 5.1 Figure 5.2 – ix – Contents.
Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. Figure 1.1 Figure 2.1 Figure 3.1 Figure 5.1 Figure 5.2 Figure 5.3 Figure 6.1 Figure 7.1 Figure 7.2 Figure 8.1 Figure 9.1 Figure 9.2 Table 4.1. F. LIST. OF IGURES AND ...
... figures ban∂hana (Sinh.) – 'binding', a common form of sorcery Berava (Sinh.) – caste of ritual specialists and drummers bhadra (Skt.). – auspicious bhadralin ga (Skt.) – auspicious linga image bhaktålayam (Skt.) – devotional shrine ...
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