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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... (Sinh.) – mango Am ̆ba Vidamana (Sinh.) – the Mango Shoot ritual that celebrates the birth of 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 ...
... (Sinh.) – divine presence or the experience of divinity through trance årü∂ha kårayå (Sinh.) – term for the male trance specialists who are the counterparts of the mäniyan at the Bhadrakali temple arul . (Tm.) – 'grace', divine presence ...
... (Sinh.) – lime cutting, an anti sorcery rite Demala (Sinh.) – Tamil desam kovil (Tm.) – regional temple de ̄va balaya (Sinh.) – divine power de ̄våla (Sinh.) – deity temple devasthåna (Skt.) – 'god's seat' (a temple) de ̄vatå (Sinh ...
... (Sinh.) – ancestral ghost Ka∂avara (Sinh.) – name for the deity/demon Süniyam kalå (Skt.) – parts; kalå – black kalañci (Tm.) – the return offering to festival patrons consisting of a half coconut, betel leaf and plaintain kannüru (Tm ...
... (Sinh.) – 'hall', ritual enclosure mähäla (Sinh.) – old woman mähänin (Sinh.) – female priest mahå special vasanta festival man.∂apa events (Skt.) – 'great spring hall', area in temple used for målå (Skt.) – garland man mä ̄niyan .∂ala ...
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