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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... Pilgrimage and a Comparison Between Munnesvaram and Kataragama Worship and Ethnicity Sacrifice Sorcery Trance Maniyan Sorcery and Protection at the Munnesvaram Temple Sinhala Buddhism and Its Radical Temporality Popular Religion as ...
The two principal temples – the Munnesvaram temple and the Bhadrakali temple – are the largest, best known, and most popular temples in the complex. Each temple is owned and run by a distinct group of Tamil Hindu priests, ...
I am interested in what is 'dramatic' or critical about Munnesvaram as an aspect of the temples' popularity.6 The thesis I pursue is that the religious appeal of a complex like Munnesvaram continually emerges from the diversity of ...
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 the late 1970s the temple maintained a ...
It does so because it is a broadly 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 ...
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Chapter 4 Ritual Practices and Religious Identity
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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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