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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... Body and Symbolic Levels Conclusion 'The Look and the Thing Seen': Puja and Arccanai Daily Rites Puja as Offering Sinhala Buddhist Statuary The Logic of Deity Offerings in Sinhala Buddhism The Presence of Sakti The Goddess and Her ...
... Body and the Deities of its Six Cakras Features of the Aesthetic of Piling Down The Progression of Puja Lamps The Sri Cakra Spatial Arrangement of Female Divinity at Munnesvaram The Maradankulam Aiyanar Temple Map of Munnesvaram Showing ...
... body's central axis dvåja (Skt.) – flag dvåjasthambha (Skt.) – flag pole gambhara (Sinh.) – village guardian god gamma∂uva (Sinh.) – name for a body of rites held for the goddess Pattini Gam Udåwa (Sinh.) – 'Village Reawakening ...
... body of worshippers as members of a public that is actively constitutive of this dynamism of both design and rite. To do this I begin with the social composition of the body of worshippers and I examine the nature of the physical ...
... body. Several political and military leaders have been the targets of such bombers, including the ex-Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. In addition, the Tigers have blown up buildings in central Colombo causing serious loss of life ...
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