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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... annual festival at Munnesvaram where it is called in Tamil, the Hunting Festival amman (Tm.) – goddess Amma Pċl (Tm.) – 'Mother Milk', a rare name for the goddess Ambal amr.ta – (Skt.) immortality, ambrosia anavas (Skt.) – ego ...
... annual festival so ̄hon (Sinh) – cemetery sthambana (Skt.) – 'paralysing', a type of sorcery sthambaman .∂apa (Skt.) – the temple (flag)pole hall sudalai (Tm.) – cremation ground süniyam (Tm.) – zero, also the act of sorcery Süniyama ...
... Annual Letter, Cochin, 5 December 16102 The Jesuits' vivid description, notwithstanding the obvious missionary zeal that colours this account, provides a certain kind of understanding of Munnesvaram that resonates with, and indeed ...
... annual festival, a potent rite of renewal when the ritual condition of possibility floods the temple complex as a mass of worshipping humanity. This book is primarily about the annual festival, a month long event involving thousands of ...
... annual festival held around August/September. I commence my discussion in Chapter 8 in one of the villages of the Munnesvaram pattuva – the region around Munnesvaram, which comprised of some sixty-three villages at the point of 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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