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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Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 References Index The Maradankulam Aiyanar Festival The Theme of Inviolability in the Formation of the Regional Polity The World Inside Out Jokes at the Boundary The Flag-Hoisting – Origination The 'Trust' ...
Tamil desam kovil (Tm.) – regional temple de ̄va balaya (Sinh.) – divine power de ̄våla (Sinh.) – deity temple devasthåna (Skt.) – 'god's seat' (a temple) de ̄vatå (Sinh.) – class of minor interstitial deities with fierce and demonic ...
... and for still others, it is because the temple is their regional temple, a key element in their sense of regional religious and ethnic identity. Thus, while orientations to Munnesvaram and its significance vary widely, ...
Part of this heterogeneity is the temple complex's double existence of being both a regional temple (Tm. desam kovil) and a special pilgrimage (or as I shall show antipilgrimage) centre for relief from affliction.
The region is ethnically ambiguous and the local dialect is a Sinhala-Tamil mixture. However, a large portion of the devotional population comes from outside and they come to Munnesvaram for its special power to influence people's lives ...
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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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