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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... Origin and Effect Monumental Architecture Essentials: Temples in War and Death Munnesvaram Temple Design Binding the Manifestation of Divine Play The Mixing of Cosmological Concepts Cosmos, Body and Symbolic Levels Conclusion 'The Look ...
... origin myth, Munnesvaram was first founded. The Tamil built the temple to house this 'marvel' and it became a popular place for worshippers to visit on their return to the Northern Province following the end of the festival. Through to ...
... origin of the temples and/or the origin of certain deities in the temples. Comparative discussion of the myths reveals important characteristics of Munnesvaram in the sacred geography of the island, both Tamil Saivite and Sinhala ...
... origin site that contributes most to Munnesvaram's Sri Lanka-wide fame. While it is the Bhadrakali temple that draws so many worshippers to Munnesvaram (ranging from around fifty on the quiet days of the year to tens of thousands during ...
... origins, concluding that the Sinhala Buddhist Pattini has her roots in the traditions and ideas of south Indian Jainism and Buddhism and not in Hinduism (Obeyesekere 1984: 511–516).21 When asked if Ambal is the Pattini, many Munnesvaram ...
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