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 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 References Index The Maradankulam Aiyanar Festival The Theme of Inviolability in the Formation of the Regional Polity The World Inside Out Jokes at the Boundary The Flag-Hoisting – Origination The 'Trust' ...
In the top right corner is the mirror that stands in front of the Inner Sanctum The Regal Flag Procession Led by Sinhalese and Tamil Musicians Cosmogenesis: Bathing the Flagpole A Coconut Offering to the Temple Chariot A Man Carries his ...
a caste associated with elephant trapping and toddy tapping dvadasånta (Skt.) – apical point on the body's central axis dvåja (Skt.) – flag dvåjasthambha (Skt.) – flag pole gambhara (Sinh.) – village guardian god gamma∂uva (Sinh.) ...
coconut milk rice ko ̄∂imaram (Tm.) – flag tree, another name for the temple flag pole ko ̄∂iyettum (Tm.) – flag-raising at commencement of temple festival kolam (Tm.) – decorative pattern in rice flour used at house and shrine ...
... the full and most complete puja rite performed during the annual festival so ̄hon (Sinh) – cemetery sthambana (Skt.) – 'paralysing', a type of sorcery sthambaman .∂apa (Skt.) – the temple (flag)pole hall sudalai ...
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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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