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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... Temple Sinhala Buddhism and Its Radical Temporality Popular Religion as a Practice of Resistance The Saivite Temple as a Monumental Architecture Potency as Simultaneous Origin and Effect Monumental Architecture Essentials: Temples in ...
... Processions The Nine Planets as they are positioned in their Saivite temple shrine xxiv 20 54 96 109 111 120 135 142 153 172 174 74 LIST OF PHOTOGRAPHS 5 The Munnesvaram Temple and Tank (courtesy – x– List of Figures and Table.
... temple – are the largest, best known, and most popular temples in the complex. Each temple is owned and run by a ... Saivite temples. In fact, the proportion of Sinhalese worshipping at the Munnesvaram and Bhadrakali temples between 1985 ...
... Saivite/Buddhist temple complex of Kataragama; the most important temple complex of its kind in all Sri Lanka and one that bears comparison with Munnesvaram in several respects that will be explored in the course of this work. However ...
... Saivite) as well as by non-specialist worshippers engaging in spontaneous unfettered activity without the complicity of the Munnesvaram temple priests. Passing over the River Dedura and continuing a few kilometres north one finds a ...
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