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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divine blessing åratti (Tm.) – alternative term for alatti arccanai (Tm.) – personal votive offering arccanam (Tm.) – as for arrccanai artha (Skt.) – purpose, name of main public hall in temple årü∂ha (Sinh.) – divine presence or the ...
'hall', ritual enclosure mähäla (Sinh.) – old woman mähänin (Sinh.) – female priest mahå special vasanta festival man.∂apa events (Skt.) – 'great spring hall', area in temple used for målå (Skt.) – garland man mä ̄niyan .
weaving hall, possible source of the name for Chilaw, Salawatta/Halawatta sam såra (Sinh.) – this life . san. ing danam a deity kappu statue, (Skt.) usually – sandalwood protection, name of a rite involving coverof Kålî, ...
a common name for secretive sorcery Viyål . am (Tm.) – Jupiter yåga (Skt.) – sacrifice yåga man.∂apa (Skt. ) – sacrifice hall in the temple used only during the festival yågasalai (Skt.) – alternative name ...
... that it derives from 'salava' or weaving hall. During the late eighteenth century, cloth manufacture was promoted by the Dutch through the settlement of a Tamil weaving community (Casie Chitty 1989: 72) and their section of the town ...
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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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