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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Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. THE DOMAIN OF CONSTANT EXCESS THE DOMAIN OF CONSTANT EXCESS Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Front Cover.
... 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 Child over the Hot Coals of the Firewalking. The ...
... front of a bo tree near the pavilion entrance at the precise moment the statues were installed. A large part of the assembled crowd were affected, and while many were already familiar to me as trance specialists who regularly went into ...
... Front (JVP) to topple the government. The insurgency was only defeated when the government of President Ranasinghe Premadasa resorted to similar terror tactics and began a systematic eradication of the JVP. Munnesvaram filled with the ...
... front of the temple is rough unused land on which several goats normally graze when they are not wandering amongst the worshippers eating leftover fruit and other rubbish. The temple, with its large black basalt statue of Bhadrakali ...
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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