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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Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Ritual Practices and Religious Identity Pilgrimage and a Comparison Between Munnesvaram and Kataragama Worship and Ethnicity Sacrifice Sorcery Trance Maniyan Sorcery and Protection at ...
Revisions were done while I was attached to the Immigration and Ethnic Research Centre, University of Bergen, where I was the guest of Yngve Lithman. For their comments and helpful suggestions at different stages I thank Nilu Abeyaratne ...
... it is because Munnesvaram is one of the most important Siva temples in Sri Lanka, and for still others, it is because the temple is their regional temple, a key element in their sense of regional religious and ethnic identity.
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 ...
Munnesvaram is distinctive for its religious and ethnic blend. Indeed, it is highly unusual. What Munnesvaram reveals through its unique configuration, though, is a capacity of the temple to create the conditions of cosmic possibility ...
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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
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