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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... Pillaiyar mohana (Skt.) – 'bewildering', a type of sorcery mokßa (Skt.) – release from existential fetters (and rebirth) mülasthċna (Skt.) – mulasthanam (Tm.) – lit. 'root seat', alternative name for the temple inner sanctum muni (Skt ...
... Pillaiyar temple). In addition, there was a shrine in the south side paddy fields used on certain festival occasions ... Pillaiyar temple (see Figure 2.1 overleaf) Commencing with the smallest, the Pillaiyar temple (Tm. kovil) is the ...
... Pillaiyar Temple Kurunegala 0 Aiyanayake Temple Bhadrakali Temple 50 100 150 m Figure 2.1 Map of Munnesvaram 2 N of the descendants of the artisans expanded this shrine and. Pusparamaya Monastery and Sinhala-Medium School The Munnesvaram ...
... Pillaiyar temple were they to be successful in their litigation. The Aiyanayake temple is a Sinhala Buddhist deity shrine (Sinh. devale) for the god Aiyanayake who is the regional guardian deity (Sinh. gambhara) for the entire area ...
... Pillaiyar. It is striking, therefore, that in a region known to be presided over by Aiyanar/Aiyanayake, the main temple in the region is for a deity called 'Munnesvaram'.15 One can speculate that perhaps over time the status of the ...
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