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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... Potentiality 1 Haskam or Marvellous Potentiality 5 The Polysemy of the Hindu Sacred in the Conditions of Violence 8 Plan of the Book 11 Chapter 2 Fluidity and Ambiguity in the History of Munnesvaram 15 The Temples and Their Deities 19 ...
... Anuradhapura Batticaloa CHILAW D edu ra Oya Kurunegala Kandy Negombo Colombo Adam's Peak Kataragama Galle Matara Figure 1.1 Map of Sri Lanka N Jaffna CHAPTER 1 WORSHIP, DIFFERENCE AND MARVELLOUS POTENTIALITY 5 When Jesuit. – xxiv –
... POTENTIALITY 5 When Jesuit missionaries were given the revenues associated with the Munnesvaram temple in 1605 by the Portuguese Captain General of what was then called Ceilao (later Ceylon), they were provided with a strong material ...
... what was going on, I was told that a powerful guardian (Sinh. Kadavara)8 had manifested in the tree and was causing dozens of people to go into trance. Others named different – 3– Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality.
... Potentiality When asked about the special place Munnesvaram holds in contemporary Sri Lanka, devotees would often explain that Munnesvaram has 'haskam', a Sinhala word that describes extraordinary religious power. Haskam can be ...
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