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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... 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 –
... Jaffna in the north has experienced an aggressive government military response to this militancy since 1981, with periods of control by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. In addition to their standing army, the Tigers maintain cadres ...
... Jaffna), Konesvaram and Trincomalee (in the north-east) and Ramesvaram off the southeast coast of India. Collectively, these are the famous five Siva temples of the region and it is no accident that all are located on or near major ...
... Jaffna where he grew up, so he asked an uncle, one of the older priests, about it. The priest told him gently that Munnesvaram had mysteries not worth pursuing, and he did not pursue them; not because he was warned off, but because with ...
... Jaffna Velala caste backgrounds whose family fortunes waxed during the British period when they figured prominently in the colonial bureaucracy. While it is reasonable to declare that the Bhadrakali temple has greater appeal to the poor ...
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