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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... when the ritual condition of possibility floods the temple complex as a mass of worshipping humanity. This book is primarily about the annual festival, a month long event involving thousands of people from all over the country.
In doing so I hope to shed light on the nature of the Hindu temple and to explore the marvellous potentiality of Hindu temples as remarkable human achievements. The Polysemy of the Hindu Sacred in the Conditions of Violence The ...
... of Munnesvaram makes an important contribution to Sri Lanka's peace and reconciliation, if only to suggest that the significance of the Munnesvaram temples is tied to the intensity of conflict and the levels of human suffering.
Their movement is facilitated by the meritorious assistance they give to humans who make offerings to them (Obeyesekere 1984: 61–70). Kali, it appears, has yet to graduate even to the first stage and so remains a ghoulish outsider.
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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
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