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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... Puja and Arccanai Daily Rites Puja as Offering Sinhala Buddhist Statuary The Logic of Deity Offerings in Sinhala Buddhism The Presence of Sakti The Goddess and Her 'Mountain' The Identity of Ambal and Kali Guardians, Games and the ...
... 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 Planets as they are positioned in ...
... Puja to the Meru Yantra. 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 ...
... puja ritual ala††i (Tm.) – the offering wave of lamps in puja ålåyam (Skt.) – abode, shrine am ̆ba (Sinh.) – mango Am ̆ba Vidamana (Sinh.) – the Mango Shoot ritual that celebrates the birth of Pattini from a mango; a key event in the ...
... puja (Skt.) – name of a special rite for the nine planets and their associated deities nåyanmar (Skt.) – the 63 Saints of Tamil ́Saivism nibbåna (Sinh.) – nirvåna (Skt.) – extinction and release from rebirth nitya (Skt.) – eternal ...
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
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