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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... devotees of the different temples at Munnesvaram. I single out R.S. Karthikeyan, the chief priest of the Munnesvaram temple, and K. Letchiraman, the chief priest of the Bhadrakali temple, for allowing me to work in their temples and for ...
... devotees for special devotional dance of the same name kemmura (Sinh.) – a deity's special day or days in the week Ke ̄tu (Sinh., Tm.) – the Dragon's Tail planet Kiri Amma (Sinh.) – 'Milk Mother', label for a class of goddesses ...
... devotee of the goddess Bhadrakali mantra (Skt.) – ritual syllabic utterance (linked to both 'measure' and 'mind') måran mariyåtai .a (Skt.) (Tm.) – 'killing', – 'honour', a type the right of sorcery to sponsor a special festival event ...
... devotee, usually associated with soothsaying and ordered trance varam (Skt.) – boon or request vas (Skt.) – an abode Vasanta (Skt.) – Spring vaßya (Skt.) – 'influencing' a type of sorcery våstu (Skt.) – dwelling, foundation ...
... Devil, those who would see the contemporary temple in such terms would more likely blame it on the goddess Kali, for her devotees regularly fall into trance, curse their – 1– Chapter 1. Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality.
Chapter 2 Fluidity and Ambiguity in the History of Munnesvaram
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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