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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... 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 95 101 103 108 110 117 117 123 127 129 133 134 141 145 147 150 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 References ...
village guardian god gamma∂uva (Sinh.) – name for a body of rites held for the goddess Pattini Gam Udåwa (Sinh.) – 'Village Reawakening', government sponsored rural development program garbha (Skt.) – 'womb', 'interior foetus' ...
the custodians of the three divisions, name for a class of guardian gods tvagdosa (Skt.) – leprosy ud-su (Skt.) – 'to stir up, agitate' u∂upila (Sinh.) – upper team in the ritual games for Pattini ul.vithi (Tm.) – inner road (oftemple) ...
... the deities are brought to the river in a procession from the temple and housed in a special octagonal pavilion built solely for the purpose. From the pavilion, one statue, the special guardian form of Siva known as Astara Devata, ...
Others named different dangerous guardian gods, while still others claimed that all of the guardians were present, having been summoned by Siva to look over him and his consort while they were in the pavilion.
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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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