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.
Results 1-5 of 65
... Sinhalese and Tamil Musicians Cosmogenesis: Bathing the Flagpole A Coconut Offering to the Temple Chariot A Man Carries his Child over the Hot Coals of the Firewalking. The firewalking leader with the margosa pot on his head dances in ...
... Sinhalese state prior to and during European colonialism; a korale consisted of a number of pattu which in turn consisted of a number of villages k▀etra (Skt.) – field of power (cultivated space) kulam (Tm.) – irrigation tank, also a ...
... Sinhalese – an ethnic community with a distinct language as well as other social and cultural differences to the Tamil. Despite such differences between Sinhalese and Tamil there are also significant areas of overlap, and one of the ...
... Sinhalese have been significant throughout the twentieth century in separate religious revitalisation movements and associated ethnic politics. Both groups have been highly influential in the Munnesvaram complex, but have not been able ...
... Sinhalese. I am also concerned to show how Munnesvaram survives and thrives in such a situation as a Hindu temple. In doing so I hope to shed light on the nature of the Hindu temple and to explore the marvellous potentiality of Hindu ...
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