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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... Practices and Religious Identity Pilgrimage and a Comparison Between Munnesvaram and Kataragama Worship and Ethnicity ... Practice of Resistance The Saivite Temple as a Monumental Architecture Potency as Simultaneous Origin and Effect ...
... significant juncture along bodily axis cakravartin (Skt.) – ideal king, ruler whose authority encompasses entire domain Chandran (Tm.) – Moon Chandraya (Sinh.) – Moon che ̄na (Sinh.) – name for the practice and site of – xvi – Glossary.
... practice and site of slash-and-burn agriculture Chettiar (Tm.) – trader caste cit (Skt.) – knowing (seeing, fixing gaze upon) dågaba (Sinh.) – Buddhist reliquary Dåksinåmürti (Skt.) – the right or south-facing form (of Siva) darbha (Skt ...
... practices associated with specific types of ritual. tattvas (Skt.) – principles derived from the elements ther (Tm.) – temple chariot thîbam (Tm.) – camphor lamp timiti (Tm.) – firewalking tîrtha (Skt.) the ford or crossing, name for a ...
... practice of the south Indian Hindu and specifically Saivite temple.3 The worshippers, though, are drawn from all over Sri Lanka and are predominantly Buddhist and Sinhalese – an ethnic community with a distinct language as well as other ...
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