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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... god 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 ...
In the settlement there were four temples, five normal pilgrim rest houses and one pilgrim rest house that functioned as a temple (the Pillaiyar temple). In addition, there was a shrine in the south side paddy fields used on certain ...
Chilaw 4 1 5 Tamil-Medium School Tank MUNNESVARAM 3 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.
It remains to be seen whether the Munnesvaram priests would change the 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 demonic younger brother of Aiyanar (Dirks 1987:297), a kinship that is also drawn between Virabhadra and Aiyanar when they are identified as the two minor sons of Siva, the two major sons being Murugan and Pillaiyar.
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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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