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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order of Buddhist monks founded in Kandy in the mideighteenth century following receipt of ordination in Thailand (Siam). so∂asa subharcånam (Skt.) – the '16 Splendid Embellishments', the full and most complete puja rite performed ...
Passing over the River Dedura and continuing a few kilometres north one finds a strangely designed Saivite temple dating from the early twentieth century. The Manuweriya shrine is adjacent to a coconut plantation and it was during the ...
The contemporary Munnesvaram temple is built on the site of a famous ancient Siva temple, a temple whose renown is recorded at least as far back as the tenth century of the Common Era (C.E.). Although I have no firm inscriptional ...
Both middle-class Tamils and Sinhalese have been significant throughout the twentieth century in separate religious revitalisation movements and associated ethnic politics. Both groups have been highly influential in the Munnesvaram ...
I explore this general point through an examination of ownership disputes over the main Munnesvaram temple in the first quarter of the twentieth century and do so by situating the disputes in the burgeoning coconut plantation economy 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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