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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Of my examiners I single out Chris Fuller for revealing one side of academic life and express my thanks to Tony Good and especially to Stanley Tambiah. The task of turning the thesis into a book began during my time ...
... however, was that alongside the previously solitary bo tree there now stood a trident (weapon and symbol of Siva, especially in his guardian Bhairavar form) and a small cement structure housing a painted statue of Kali.
... of South Asian (especially south Indian) civilisation. Munnesvaram offers a way of thinking about this. It does so because it is a broadly popular temple complex with a socially diverse patronage. Not all temples are so accessible, ...
... the boundaries of what they regarded as their traditional homelands in the north and east of the country. Tamils perceived these homelands to be especially threatened by a major – 9– Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality.
perceived these homelands to be especially threatened by a major hydro-electric/irrigation scheme that involved resettling Sinhalese. The Tamil agitation provoked violent response by some Sinhalese, leading many agitators and others to ...
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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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