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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... century following receipt of ordination in Thailand (Siam). so∂asa subharcånam (Skt.) – the '16 Splendid Embellishments', the full and most complete puja rite performed during the annual festival so ̄hon (Sinh) – cemetery sthambana ...
... century. The Manuweriya shrine is adjacent to a coconut plantation and it was during the clearing of land for this plantation that an Indian Tamil 'discovered' a stone sivalinga image which he claimed to be the original linga brought by ...
... century of the Common Era (C.E.). Although I have no firm inscriptional evidence, the temple's fame most likely extends beyond this. Of such inscriptions, the most important is the one granting lands and revenues by the Sinhala Buddhist ...
... century in separate religious revitalisation movements and associated ethnic politics. Both groups have been highly influential in the Munnesvaram complex, but have not been able to dominate in the way they have done at other temple ...
... century and do so by situating the disputes in the burgeoning coconut plantation economy of the British period. This also enables me to introduce the two principal groups of priests – the Munnesvaram Brahmins and the non-Brahmins of the ...
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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