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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... revealing one side of academic life and express my thanks to Tony Good and especially to Stanley Tambiah. The task of turning the thesis into a book began during my time as an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the ...
... and postcolonial political economy, this relation powerfully informs contemporary ethnic tensions and thus reveals certain Sri Lankan particularities. However, I suggest – 7– Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality.
... reveals through its unique configuration, though, is a capacity of the temple to create the conditions of cosmic possibility through which the temple becomes many things to many people and becomes, as a result, an essential element in ...
... reveals the close association that the Munnesvaram priests identify between the main Munnesvaram temple and kings ... revealed. This leads to a consideration of how Munnesvaram has been characterised as nonBuddhist in the terms of ...
... reveal themes that the festival unfolds. Then I move to the festival proper, and in Chapters 9 and 10 offer a description of the festival events starting from the different processions sponsored by the villages of the – 12 – The Domain ...
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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