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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... Tamil Saivism (in Anglicised plural form) aisvarya (Skt.) – regal power aiyyå (Sinh.) – honorific term for sir, lord åkarsana (Skt.) – 'attracting', a type of sorcery akasa (Skt.) – void, ether alangårathîbam (Tm.) – 'beautiful lamps ...
... Tamil Hindu priests, and each temple largely conforms to the aesthetic style and ritual practice of the south Indian Hindu and specifically Saivite temple.3 The worshippers, though, are drawn from all over Sri Lanka and are ...
... Tamil Saivite worship, but I am fairly certain all of the people involved that day at the river were Sinhala Buddhists (with possibly some Roman Catholics). Their participation in such worship is a feature of what has been labelled for ...
... Tamil Saivite and 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 ...
... Tamil Saivite middle class as well as the Sinhala Buddhist middle class. Both middle-class Tamils and Sinhalese have been significant throughout the twentieth century in separate religious revitalisation movements and associated ethnic ...
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