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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... Festival or The Mango Shoot? Tirtham – The Crossing Point Bhadrakali Temple Festival 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 ...
... in the background Trading in Plurality: Buddhist, Christian and Hindu Images at a Festival Shop 21 24 25 68 137 168 169 177 188 202 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 5 Many people have helped me to write this – xi – List of Photographs.
... festival at Munnesvaram where it is called in Tamil, the Hunting Festival amman (Tm.) – goddess Amma Pål (Tm.) – 'Mother Milk', a rare name for the goddess Ambal amr.ta – (Skt.) immortality, ambrosia anavas (Skt.) – ego consciousness ...
... festival in Kandy that centres on the Temple of the Tooth Relic åscarya (Skt.) – miracle asuras (Tm.) – antigods or enemies of the gods äsvaha (Sinh.) – eye evil åtman (Skt.). – soul avaman galla (Sinh.) – episode in the exorcism rites ...
... festival patrons consisting of a half coconut, betel leaf and plaintain kannüru (Tm.) – eye evil kapa (Sinh.) – pole, flagpole, sacrificial stake – key object in deity rites kåppu (Tm.) – protective thread tied around a person or ...
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