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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Hinduism--Relations--Buddhism. 3. Buddhism--Relations--Hinduism. 4. Sri Lanka--Religious Life and customs. I. Title BL1243.78.S72 D66 2002 294.5'35'095493--dc21 2002074582 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue ...
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 ...
The firewalking leader with the margosa pot on his head dances in the background Trading in Plurality: Buddhist, Christian and Hindu Images at a Festival Shop 21 24 25 68 137 168 169 177 188 202 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 5 Many people have ...
My focus is the temple complex of Munnesvaram, a predominantly Hindu cluster of five temples near the north-west coastal town of Chilaw, during the period from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. My discussion is intended to draw out ...
... one of several sites in contemporary Sri Lanka renowned for its special power – sites that are identifiably Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Hindu and in a few cases Muslim.11 This book – 5– Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality.
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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
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