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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... 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 ...
Map of Sri Lanka Map of Munnesvaram The Mediation of Disorder through the Munnesvaram Goddess The Munnesvaram Temple Ground Plan The Temple as a Body and the Deities of its Six Cakras Features of the Aesthetic of Piling Down The ...
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.) ...
I stress the dynamism of which the bathing rite bo tree is one small vignette, and I stress the role of the broad body of worshippers as members of a public that is actively constitutive of this dynamism of both design and rite.
Their signal act is the suicide bomber, an assassin who kills by detonating the explosives strapped to his or her body. Several political and military leaders have been the targets of such bombers, including the ex-Prime Minister of ...
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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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