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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caste traditionally associated with fishing and trading karma (Skt.) – the consequences of action kassippu (Sinh.) – illegal coconut spirit kåva∂i (Tm.) – decorative hoop and pole carried by devotees for special devotional dance of the ...
... six years earlier.1 To the horror of the Munnesvaram priests, the Jesuits set about the temple's main image with iron bars and later claimed their action to be yet another moment in the great Christian struggle against evil.
... made by individuals (arccanai) that serve to increase the presence of particular deities with particular actions. ... which articulates the relationship between Ambal and Kali as the energy of action and practice in the world.
Above all, temples are about divinity, righteous action and demons. They confront the issue of action as the expression of the world, and even appear to capture it. However, in doing so they forge the possibilities of a grand excess – a ...
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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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