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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Map of Sri Lanka Map of Munnesvaram The Mediation of Disorder through the Munnesvaram 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 ...
... (Skt.) – concept in Kashmiri Saivism that refers to the undifferentiated luminosity of immanent form (see also vimarsa) pralaya (Skt.) – reabsorption pratiß†hċ (Skt.) – to stand firm, the firm ground of stability püjċ (Sinh., Skt., ...
... cremation ground süniyam (Tm.) – zero, also the act of sorcery Süniyama (Sinh.) – major anti-sorcery rite sünyatċ (Skt.) – emptiness – xxi–– Glossary.
... in order to stress that temples do not simply reflect social relations whose reality lies elsewhere, rather they constitute nodal points in the articulation of these relations. While they are not the only grounds of interaction ...
I discuss the ground plan and positioning of statues, the material of the statues, and then in Chapter 6 the regular rites held daily, weekly, and monthly. This enables a contrast between the regular rites designed to maintain divine ...
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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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