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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... Kataragama Worship and Ethnicity Sacrifice Sorcery Trance Maniyan Sorcery and Protection at the Munnesvaram Temple Sinhala Buddhism and Its Radical Temporality Popular Religion as a Practice of Resistance The Saivite Temple as a ...
... 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 –
... Kataragama; the most important temple complex of its kind in all Sri Lanka and one that bears comparison with Munnesvaram in several respects that will be explored in the course of this work. However, where authors like Obeyesekere and ...
... is known as Isvara. Isvara is a marginal figure who plays a secondary role to his sons Murugan (in Sinhala Buddhism, Kataragama) and Pillaiyar (Gana Deviyo), or his counterpart (and – 22– The Domain of Constant Excess.
Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. Buddhism, Kataragama) and Pillaiyar (Gana Deviyo), or his counterpart (and in some Hindu traditions brother-in-law) Visnu, the pre-eminent god of Sinhala Buddhism.16 So ...
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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