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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... of Worship 26 Temple Ownership 34 Chapter 3 Myths and Marginality 43 Rama Myth 45 The Myth of the Diseased King 47 Heritage or History? 51 Kali's Myth 53 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 – – vii Contents.
... Kings and Regal Gods: Temples in Society and History Orientalism and Postcolonialism 152 157 163 164 165 170 171 173 175 183 186 189 190 192 195 201 207 213 227 Figure 1.1 Figure 2.1 Figure 3.1 Figure 5.1 Figure 5.2 – ix – Contents.
... significant juncture along bodily axis cakravartin (Skt.) – ideal king, ruler whose authority encompasses entire domain Chandran (Tm.) – Moon Chandraya (Sinh.) – Moon che ̄na (Sinh.) – name for the practice and site of – xvi – Glossary.
... king coconut, a type of drinking coconut tandava (Skt.) – Siva's ́ special dance tantra (Skt.) – 'the warp, the propagating line', the principles and practices associated with specific types of ritual. tattvas (Skt.) – principles ...
... king Parakramabahu VI in the mid-fifteenth century. The inscribed stones were used when the temple was rebuilt in the 1870s following its destruction at the hands of Jesuit missionaries in 1606, and efforts to revive the temple in the ...
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