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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... pattuva pattuva (Sinh.) – geo-political unit consisting of a number of villages perahara (Sinh.) – festival procession and general name for a festival pin (Sinh.) – merit pirit (Sinh.) – chant of Buddhist texts (usually by monks) pÓ†ham ...
... pattuva – the region around Munnesvaram, which comprised of some sixty-three villages at the point of the Jesuit conquest in the early seventeenth century. The pre-festival events in the village form the basis of the broader festival ...
... pattuva and leading up to the special events and the embellishments to the festival since the 1920s. In doing this I explore the manner of the festival as constitutive of a field of religious and social possibility by which the ...
... pattuva consisted of about sixty-three villages. With a number of other pattu (plural), Munnesvaram pattuva formed a korale known as the Pitigal Korale, one of seven linked as a broader regional unit, the Hata ('Seven') Korale ...
... pattuva engage in both paddy and coconut cultivation, although the former took somewhat second place in the 1980s, partly because of deterioration of the tanks. The Government Irrigation Department had been addressing this problem but ...
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
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