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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... Inside Out Jokes at the Boundary The Flag-Hoisting – Origination The 'Trust' Meeting Processions and the Spiral Upward Morning and Night Processions Chariots – The Temple Turns on Itself The Domain of Excess The Cool Fire of ...
... inside the octagonal (lotus) pavilion. Without being typical, trance behaviour is a key component of contemporary Tamil Saivite worship, but I am fairly certain all of the people involved that day at the river were Sinhala Buddhists ...
... inside story' is not simply a journalistic scoop about what really happened, rather it is a powerful insight into the nature of the surface appearance of crisis as an irruption in the social field of otherwise embedded social relations ...
... inside the inner sanctum but brought out for special festivals, most of which include processions where the Ambal statue is carried around the entire Munnesvaram settlement. The statue is regarded as quite ancient and a miraculous ...
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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