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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... Obeyesekere as preceding Pattini kiribat (Sinh.) – coconut milk rice ko ̄∂imaram (Tm.) – flag tree, another name for the temple flag pole ko ̄∂iyettum (Tm.) – flag-raising at commencement of temple festival kolam (Tm.) – decorative ...
... Obeyesekere and Gombrich stress the contemporary nature of 'bhakti religiosity' (Gombrich and Obeyesekere 1988) and thereby link it to processes of social transformation, specifically urbanisation, my interpretation is concerned with ...
... Obeyesekere 1988: 139). According to Gananath Obeyesekere, deities belong to the Buddhist pantheon as they are themselves Buddhist. They are oriented to a Buddhist path of liberation and occupy different stages of remoteness from the ...
... Obeyesekere (1984: 293–296) there were a number of Kiri Amma goddesses and these goddesses were the original female ... Obeyesekere's terms, 'both a deity and a concept' (ibid.: 296): any goddess or form of a goddess may be called a ...
... Obeyesekere's monumental study is the goddess whose mythos includes her birth from a mango, her destruction of ... Obeyesekere is led to speculate about her south Indian origins, concluding that the Sinhala Buddhist Pattini has her roots ...
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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