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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... Offering Sinhala Buddhist Statuary The Logic of Deity Offerings in Sinhala Buddhism The Presence of Sakti The Goddess and Her 'Mountain' The Identity of Ambal and Kali Guardians, Games and the Formation of Power The Village Guardian ...
... Offering to the Temple Chariot A Man Carries his Child over the Hot Coals of the Firewalking. The firewalking leader with the margosa pot on his head dances in the background Trading in Plurality: Buddhist, Christian and Hindu Images at ...
... offering wave of lamps in puja ålåyam (Skt.) – abode, shrine am ̆ba (Sinh.) – mango Am ̆ba Vidamana (Sinh.) – the Mango Shoot ritual that celebrates the birth of Pattini from a mango; a key event in the annual festival at Munnesvaram ...
... offering arccanam (Tm.) – as for arrccanai artha (Skt.) – purpose, name of main public hall in temple årü∂ha (Sinh.) – divine presence or the experience of divinity through trance årü∂ha kårayå (Sinh.) – term for the male trance ...
... offering to festival patrons consisting of a half coconut, betel leaf and plaintain kannüru (Tm.) – eye evil kapa (Sinh.) – pole, flagpole, sacrificial stake – key object in deity rites kåppu (Tm.) – protective thread tied around a ...
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