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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... Divine Play The Mixing of Cosmological Concepts Cosmos, Body and Symbolic Levels Conclusion 'The Look and the Thing Seen': Puja and Arccanai Daily Rites Puja as Offering Sinhala Buddhist Statuary The Logic of Deity Offerings in Sinhala ...
... Divine Kings and Regal Gods: Temples in Society and History Orientalism and Postcolonialism 152 157 163 164 165 170 171 173 175 183 186 189 190 192 195 201 207 213 227 Figure 1.1 Figure 2.1 Figure 3.1 Figure 5.1 Figure 5.2 – ix – Contents.
... divine presence or the experience of divinity through trance årü∂ha kårayå (Sinh.) – term for the male trance specialists who are the counterparts of the mäniyan at the Bhadrakali temple arul . (Tm.) – 'grace', divine presence Äsala ...
... divine gaze diya käpîma (Sinh.) – water cutting rite driß†i (Tm.) – the divine gaze Duråva (Sinh.) – a caste associated with elephant trapping and toddy tapping dvadasånta (Skt.) – apical point on the body's central axis dvåja (Skt ...
... divine (commonly goddess) presence Pitigal (Sinh.) – name of the korale in which Munnesvaram pattuva is situated pongal (or ponkal) (Tm.) – milk rice cooked with dairy milk, sugar and possibly fruits and nuts porapol (Sinh.) – fighting ...
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