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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... Body and Symbolic Levels Conclusion 'The Look and the Thing Seen': Puja and Arccanai Daily Rites Puja as Offering Sinhala Buddhist Statuary The Logic of Deity Offerings in Sinhala Buddhism The Presence of Sakti The Goddess and Her ...
... in front of the Inner Sanctum The Regal Flag Procession Led by Sinhalese and Tamil Musicians Cosmogenesis: Bathing the Flagpole A Coconut Offering to the Temple Chariot A Man Carries his Child over the Hot Coals of the Firewalking.
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 ...
divine blessing åratti (Tm.) – alternative term for alatti arccanai (Tm.) – personal votive offering arccanam (Tm.) – as for arrccanai artha (Skt.) – purpose, name of main public hall in temple årü∂ha (Sinh.) – divine presence or the ...
name for the deity/demon Süniyam kalå (Skt.) – parts; kalå – black kalañci (Tm.) – the return offering to festival patrons consisting of a half coconut, betel leaf and plaintain kannüru (Tm.) – eye evil kapa (Sinh.) ...
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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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