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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Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. THE DOMAIN OF CONSTANT EXCESS Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka ROHAN BASTIN Berghahn Books New York • Oxford First published in 2002 by Berghahn ...
... Sri Lanka / Rohan Bastin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 1-57181-252-0 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Munnesvaram Temple (Halavata, Sri Lanka)--History. 2. Hinduism--Relations--Buddhism. 3. Buddhism--Relations ...
Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. CONTENTS. 5. List of Figures and Table x List of Photographs xi Acknowledgements xii Guide to Pronunciation xiv Glossary xv Chapter 1 Worship, Difference and Marvellous ...
... Sri Lanka Map of Munnesvaram The Mediation of Disorder through the Munnesvaram Goddess The Munnesvaram Temple Ground Plan The Temple as a Body and the Deities of its Six Cakras Features of the Aesthetic of Piling Down The Progression of ...
... Sri Lanka I was attached to the Sociology Department, University of Colombo. I completed my PhD at University College London after following my supervisor Bruce Kapferer to his new chair. I received financial support from UCL and the ...
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
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