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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... Goddess and Her 'Mountain' The Identity of Ambal and Kali Guardians, Games and the Formation of Power The Village Guardian Myths of the Guardian Deities 59 60 64 65 67 69 70 73 76 81 89 90 92 93 95 101 103 108 110 117 117 123 127 129 ...
... Goddess The Munnesvaram Temple Ground Plan The Temple as a Body and the Deities of its Six Cakras Features of the Aesthetic of Piling Down The Progression of Puja Lamps The Sri Cakra Spatial Arrangement of Female Divinity at Munnesvaram ...
... goddess Ambal menstruates Ådi utsavam (Tm.) – The main Munnesvaram festival ädurå (Sinh.) – ritual specialist ågama ... goddess Amma Pål (Tm.) – 'Mother Milk', a rare name for the goddess Ambal amr.ta – (Skt.) immortality, ambrosia ...
... goddess statues bhakti (Skt.) – devotional worship bhedana (Skt.) – 'splitting', a type of sorcery bhüta (Skt.) – elements bilva (Skt.) – woodapple Brahaspati (Sinh.) – Jupiter brahman (Skt.) – priestly varna Bu∂ha (Sinh.) – Mercury ...
... goddess Pattini Gam Udåwa (Sinh.) – 'Village Reawakening', government sponsored rural development program garbha (Skt.) – 'womb', 'interior foetus' garbhagraha (Skt.) – concept garbhagr .ha (Skt.) – the temple inner sanctum or sanctum ...
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