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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the Mango Shoot ritual that celebrates the birth of Pattini from a mango; a key event in the annual festival at Munnesvaram where it is called in Tamil, the Hunting Festival amman (Tm.) – goddess Amma Pål (Tm.) – 'Mother Milk', ...
CHAPTER 1 WORSHIP, DIFFERENCE AND MARVELLOUS POTENTIALITY 5 When Jesuit missionaries were given the revenues associated with the Munnesvaram temple in 1605 by the Portuguese Captain General of what was then called Ceilao (later Ceylon), ...
This leads to a consideration of how Munnesvaram has been characterised as nonBuddhist in the terms of Sinhala Buddhist revitalisation. My discussion turns to the relationship between the so-called 'worldly' (Sinh. laukika) and ...
the relationship between the so-called 'worldly' (Sinh. laukika) and 'superworldly' (lokuttara) in order to describe how Munnesvaram becomes redefined as a site of the worldly through the valorisation of Buddhist ideals.
Sri Lankan Tamil Hinduism is more accurately called Saivism. Put simply, Saivism specifies the centrality of the god Siva, his consort and his children. Tamil Saivism is most profoundly influenced by the philosophy and doctrines 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
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