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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Buddhist reliquary Dåksinåmürti (Skt.) – the right or south-facing form (of Siva) darbha (Skt.) – tuft of (kusa) grass, mark of the ritual sponsor darsana (Skt.) – darsanam (Tm.) – gaze, worship as witnessing the deity's gaze dasamî ...
king coconut, a type of drinking coconut tandava (Skt.) – Siva's ́ special dance tantra (Skt.) – 'the warp, the propagating line', the principles and practices associated with specific types of ritual. tattvas (Skt.) – principles ...
For some, it draws them because it is regarded as the most powerful Kali temple in all Sri Lanka, for others it is because Munnesvaram is one of the most important Siva temples in Sri Lanka, and for still others, it is because the ...
... the deities are brought to the river in a procession from the temple and housed in a special octagonal pavilion built solely for the purpose. From the pavilion, one statue, the special guardian form of Siva known as Astara Devata, ...
Others named different dangerous guardian gods, while still others claimed that all of the guardians were present, having been summoned by Siva to look over him and his consort while they were in the pavilion.
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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
Divine Kings and Regal Gods Temples in Society and History
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