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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... Flag-Hoisting – Origination The 'Trust' Meeting Processions and the Spiral Upward Morning and Night Processions Chariots – The Temple Turns on Itself The Domain of Excess The Cool Fire of Reabsorption The Danger of Cosmic Excess The ...
... Flag Procession Led by Sinhalese and Tamil Musicians Cosmogenesis: Bathing the Flagpole A Coconut Offering to the Temple Chariot A Man Carries his Child over the Hot Coals of the Firewalking. The firewalking leader with the margosa pot ...
... flag dvċjasthambha (Skt.) – flag pole gambhara (Sinh.) – village guardian god gamma∂uva (Sinh.) – name for a body of rites held for the goddess Pattini Gam Udċwa (Sinh.) – 'Village Reawakening', government sponsored rural development ...
... 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 thresholds to protect and order boundaries ...
... type of sorcery sthambaman .∂apa (Skt.) – the temple (flag)pole hall sudalai (Tm.) – cremation ground süniyam (Tm.) – zero, also the act of sorcery Süniyama (Sinh.) – major anti-sorcery rite sünyatċ (Skt.) – emptiness – xxi–– Glossary.
Chapter 2 Fluidity and Ambiguity in the History of Munnesvaram
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