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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... Relations--Buddhism. 3. Buddhism--Relations--Hinduism. 4. Sri Lanka--Religious Life and customs. I. Title BL1243.78.S72 D66 2002 294.5'35'095493--dc21 2002074582 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for ...
... relation of mä ̄niyo mä ̄niyo (Sinh.) – 'mother', a female trance specialist and particularly a devotee of the goddess Bhadrakali mantra (Skt.) – ritual syllabic utterance (linked to both 'measure' and 'mind') måran mariyåtai .a (Skt ...
... relation between the temple and its world in order to explore the interactive dynamism of a complex South Asian society and its techniques and expressions of social and cultural articulation. My focus is the temple complex of ...
... relations, but is central to the reproduction of religious power in the forceful aesthetic of ritual. I am interested in what is 'dramatic' or critical about Munnesvaram as an aspect of the temples' popularity.6 The thesis I pursue is ...
... relationship between the temple and the Brahmin priests who effectively own the temple. It underpins the legal status of the temple and also that of its priests, and thus has a profound bearing on what kind of temple the Munnesvaram ...
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