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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... discuss', significant juncture along bodily axis cakravartin (Skt.) – ideal king, ruler whose authority encompasses entire domain Chandran (Tm.) – Moon Chandraya (Sinh.) – Moon che ̄na (Sinh.) – name for the practice and site of – xvi ...
... discussion is intended to draw out general issues about Hindu temples and their place in south Indian and Sri Lankan society and history. In order to do so, I shall argue closely through my ethnography on the Munnesvaram temples to ...
... discussing the principal temple myths recounted to me by devotees. These myths concern the origin of the temples and/or the origin of certain deities in the temples. Comparative discussion of the myths reveals important characteristics ...
... discuss the ground plan and positioning of statues, the material of the statues, and then in Chapter 6 the regular rites ... discussion in Chapter 8 in one of the villages of the Munnesvaram pattuva – the region around Munnesvaram, which ...
... discuss below. Vital to the bandara tradition is the weaving of historical figures and geo-political events with such guardian deity traditions (Kapferer 1997a, nd). By the second half of the sixteenth century, Madampe was ruled by ...
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