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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... Pattini from a mango; a key event in the annual festival at Munnesvaram where it is called in Tamil, the Hunting Festival amman (Tm.) – goddess Amma Pål (Tm.) – 'Mother Milk', a rare name for the goddess Ambal amr.ta – (Skt ...
... Pattini Gam Udåwa (Sinh.) – 'Village Reawakening', government sponsored rural development program garbha (Skt.) – 'womb', 'interior foetus' garbhagraha (Skt.) – concept garbhagr .ha (Skt.) – the temple inner sanctum or sanctum santorum ...
... 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 pattern in rice flour used ...
... pattini (Tm.) – virgin bride pattu (Sinh.) – plural form of pattuva pattuva (Sinh.) – geo-political unit consisting of a number of villages perahara (Sinh.) – festival procession and general name for a festival pin (Sinh.) – merit pirit ...
... (Pattini). sivalin ga (Skt.) – the core ́Saivite image of lin.ga and yoni ́Sivaråtri (Skt.) – ' ́Siva Night', special all night festival Siyam Nikåya (Sinh.) – order of Buddhist monks founded in Kandy in the mideighteenth century ...
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