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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... Presence of Sakti The Goddess and Her 'Mountain' The Identity of Ambal and Kali Guardians, Games and the Formation of Power The Village Guardian Myths of the Guardian Deities 59 60 64 65 67 69 70 73 76 81 89 90 92 93 95 101 103 108 110 ...
... presence or the experience of divinity through trance årü∂ha kårayå (Sinh.) – term for the male trance specialists who are the counterparts of the mäniyan at the Bhadrakali temple arul . (Tm.) – 'grace', divine presence Äsala Perahara ...
... presence Pitigal (Sinh.) – name of the korale in which Munnesvaram pattuva is situated pongal (or ponkal) (Tm.) – milk rice cooked with dairy milk, sugar and possibly fruits and nuts porapol (Sinh.) – fighting coconut and name for the ...
... presence of the high deities inside the octagonal (lotus) pavilion. Without being typical, trance behaviour is a key component of contemporary Tamil Saivite worship, but I am fairly certain all of the people involved that day at the ...
... presence of two temples, one run by vegetarian Brahmins the other by non-vegetarian non-Brahmins, enables the complex to express in a refractive manner (and not simply reflect or represent) the activities of sections of Sri Lanka's ...
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