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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... involving coverof Kålî, in cooling sandalwood paste sangku (Tm.) – conch shell Íani (Sinh., Tm.) – Saturn Sårada (Skt.) – Autumn Sårada Navaråtri (Skt.) – The Autumn Nine Nights festival, the best known Navaråtri festival in the year ...
... involving thousands of people from all over the country. Those who know temple festivals like Munnesvaram's know that their prime element is people, lots of them. I am interested in how these people shape the religious life of the ...
... involving both design and rite. I stress the dynamism of which the bathing rite bo tree is one small vignette, and I stress the role of the broad body of worshippers as members of a public that is actively constitutive of this dynamism ...
... involving the heroine Kannaki. In contemporary Sinhala Buddhism, Pattini is the righteous Buddhist goddess who tames the demoness Kali as well as the great sorcery demon Suniyam. She is so thoroughly grounded in Buddhist ideals that ...
... involving as it did the further dismantling of royal prescription over land, labour and agricultural surplus, this order of movement acquires radical new definition (Roberts 1982, Peebles 1995). The orientation of the Sri Lankan elites ...
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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