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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... caste(s) accaryam (Tm.) – marvel Ådi (Skt.) – beginning, dawning Ådi (Tm.)–Tamil month corresponding to the Sinhala Asala, July/August Ådi Püram (Tm.) – special day in the month when goddess Ambal menstruates Ådi utsavam (Tm.) – The ...
... caste of ritual specialists and drummers bhadra (Skt.). – auspicious bhadralin ga (Skt.) – auspicious linga image bhaktålayam (Skt.) – devotional shrine; name of shrine for the 63 Saints and repository of village god and goddess statues ...
... caste cit (Skt.) – knowing (seeing, fixing gaze upon) dågaba (Sinh.) – Buddhist reliquary Dåksinåmürti (Skt.) – the right or south-facing form (of Siva) darbha (Skt.) – tuft of (kusa) grass, mark of the ritual sponsor darsana (Skt ...
... 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 ...
... generic term for low labourer caste often described as 'firewood collector' palågi (Skt.) – 'flowery' column design of two mirrored lotus flowers paligahanavå (Sinh.) – striking revenge, a form of sorcery distinguished – xix – Glossary.
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