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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a caste associated with elephant trapping and toddy tapping dvadasånta (Skt.) – apical point on the body's central axis dvåja (Skt.) – flag dvåjasthambha (Skt.) – flag pole gambhara (Sinh.) – village guardian god gamma∂uva (Sinh.) ...
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 ...
... navagraha sånti (Skt.) – appeasing the nine planets navagraha mürtinjaya sånti puja (Skt.) – name of a special rite for the nine planets and their associated deities nåyanmar (Skt.) – the 63 Saints of Tamil ́Saivism nibbåna (Sinh.) ...
caste traditionally associated with weaving and cinnamon peeling ßalava (Sinh.) – weaving hall, possible source of the name for Chilaw, Salawatta/Halawatta sam såra (Sinh.) – this life . san. ing danam a deity kappu statue, ...
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 ...
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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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