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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... Six Cakras Features of the Aesthetic of Piling Down The Progression of Puja Lamps The Sri Cakra Spatial Arrangement of Female Divinity at Munnesvaram The Maradankulam Aiyanar Temple Map of Munnesvaram Showing Processions Arrangement ...
honorific term for sir, lord åkarsana (Skt.) – 'attracting', a type of sorcery akasa (Skt.) – void, ether alangårathîbam (Tm.) – 'beautiful lamps', general name for waving a set of lamps in the puja ritual ala††i (Tm.) – the offering ...
noun form of paligahanavå (rarely used in place of the gerund) pal.iyidukkurudu (Tm.) – 'striking revenge' main type of sorcery performed at the Bhadrakali temple påñcala††i (Skt.) 'the five waves', the name of the final camphor lamp ...
... the propagating line', the principles and practices associated with specific types of ritual. tattvas (Skt.) – principles derived from the elements ther (Tm.) – temple chariot thîbam (Tm.) – camphor lamp timiti (Tm.) – firewalking ...
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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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