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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episode in the exorcism rites performed by Berava specialists avatåra (Skt.) – incarnation (of Visnu) ayålaya (Sinh.) – vagrant åyudhapuja (Skt.) – offering of 'weapons' ayya (Tm.) – honorific title ...
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 ...
order of Buddhist monks founded in Kandy in the mideighteenth century following receipt of ordination in Thailand (Siam). so∂asa subharcånam (Skt.) – the '16 Splendid Embellishments', the full and most complete puja rite performed ...
The Munnesvaram temple is looked at for the importance of alleviatory rites, particularly the cooling rites performed for bad planetary influence. The Bhadrakali temple is examined ...
... major source of demarcation in the composition of worship at the main Munnesvaram temple, bringing certain people into close proximity to the Brahmin priests, as elaborate and time-consuming private rites are arranged and performed.
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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
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