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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... Theme of Inviolability in the Formation of the Regional Polity The World Inside Out Jokes at the Boundary The Flag-Hoisting – Origination The 'Trust' Meeting Processions and the Spiral Upward Morning and Night Processions Chariots ...
... Piling Down The Progression of Puja Lamps The Sri Cakra Spatial Arrangement of Female Divinity at Munnesvaram The Maradankulam Aiyanar Temple Map of Munnesvaram Showing Processions Arrangement of Deities for the Processions The Nine ...
In the top right corner is the mirror that stands in front of the Inner Sanctum The Regal Flag Procession Led by Sinhalese and Tamil Musicians Cosmogenesis: Bathing the Flagpole A Coconut Offering to the Temple Chariot A Man Carries his ...
Buddha's death and release parivåram (Tm.) – the royal retinue, a name for a procession påsa (Skt.) – fetter pattini (Tm.) – virgin bride pattu (Sinh.) – plural form of pattuva pattuva (Sinh.) – geo-political unit consisting of a number ...
... name of special bathing rite at end of festival tîrtham (Tm.) – bathing rite at the end of temple festivals tiruvil.å (Tm.) – festival procession and label for the festival as a whole todpullu (Skt.) – special pointer stick made of ...
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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
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