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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... Popular Religion as a Practice of Resistance The Saivite Temple as a Monumental Architecture Potency as Simultaneous Origin and Effect Monumental Architecture Essentials: Temples in War and Death Munnesvaram Temple Design Binding the ...
... popular temples in the complex. Each temple is owned and run by a distinct group of Tamil Hindu priests, and each temple largely conforms to the aesthetic style and ritual practice of the south Indian Hindu and specifically Saivite ...
... popularity.6 The thesis I pursue is that the religious appeal of a complex like Munnesvaram continually emerges from the diversity of interests, ideas and practices (often antagonistic, such as those of the Jesuits) that the temple ...
... popular place for worshippers to visit on their return to the Northern Province following the end of the festival. Through to the late 1970s the temple maintained a modest income and its own resident priest, largely because of the ...
... popular temple complex with a socially diverse patronage. Not all temples are so accessible, and for this Munnesvaram is remarkable. However, in being so open Munnesvaram reveals a possibility of the Indian temple – the dynamic process ...
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