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.) ...
... manner in which the complexity behind the apparent unity of worship is not only an expression of contradiction and embedded social relations, but is central to the reproduction of religious power in the forceful aesthetic of ritual.
In the broad approach I take to the aesthetic of Munnesvaram as both form and practice, I include as central to my argument the place of Munnesvaram in Sri Lankan history, politics and cultural heritage. The contemporary Munnesvaram ...
However, I suggest that forms of mediation between landed wealth and trade are central to the role of the south Indian temple in both society and history more generally. Munnesvaram is distinctive for its religious and ethnic blend.
... is an associated rise in Sri Lanka's trade in spices and arecanut, and a decline in the hydraulic civilisation of the dry zone (Indrapala 1971). The central west coast and the port towns along it became more significant as the shift ...
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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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