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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'Milk Mother', label for a class of goddesses identified by 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 ...
However, where authors like 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, ...
Similar to the way Siva, the central god of Tamil Saivism, is the marginal Isvara in Sinhala Buddhism, Kali is outside the Buddhist pantheon and thus deemed to be thoroughly Tamil Saivite (Gombrich and Obeyesekere 1988: 139).
According to Obeyesekere (1984: 293–296) there were a number of Kiri Amma goddesses and these goddesses were the original female deities of ... Importantly, Kiri Amma is, in Obeyesekere's terms, 'both a deity and a concept' (ibid.
The singular Pattini goddess of Obeyesekere's monumental study is the goddess whose mythos includes her birth from a mango, her destruction of Madurai following the wicked death of her husband and her revival of her slain husband.
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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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