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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... Sinhala Buddhist Statuary The Logic of Deity Offerings in Sinhala Buddhism The Presence of Sakti The Goddess and Her 'Mountain' The Identity of Ambal and Kali Guardians, Games and the Formation of Power The Village Guardian Myths of the ...
... Buddhist reliquary Dåksinåmürti (Skt.) – the right or south-facing form (of Siva) darbha (Skt.) – tuft of (kusa) ... Sinhala name of Chilaw haskam (Sinh.) – miracle, marvel hata (Sinh.) – seven hatka††iya (Sinh.) – 'gang of seven', the ...
... Buddhist and Sinhalese – an ethnic community with a distinct language as well as other social and cultural ... Sinhala Buddhists worshipped alongside Tamil Saivites in Tamil Saivite temples. In fact, the proportion of Sinhalese ...
... Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhism (Gombrich 1988). The related context is the 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 ...
... Sinhala Buddhist. For, while the sponsor of the Kali shrine is Tamil Saivite, the aesthetic style of his shrine with its painted statue is more routinely Sinhala Buddhist, and its priest on the day is also Sinhala Buddhist. Finally ...
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