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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... Body and Symbolic Levels Conclusion 'The Look and the Thing Seen': 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 ...
episode in the exorcism rites performed by Berava specialists avatåra (Skt.) – incarnation (of Visnu) ayålaya (Sinh.) – vagrant åyudhapuja (Skt.) – offering of 'weapons' ayya (Tm.) – honorific title ...
lime cutting, an anti sorcery rite Demala (Sinh.) – Tamil desam kovil (Tm.) – regional temple ... water cutting rite driß†i (Tm.) – the divine gaze Duråva (Sinh.) ... name for a body of rites held for the goddess Pattini Gam Udåwa (Sinh.) ...
pole, flagpole, sacrificial stake – key object in deity rites kåppu (Tm.) – protective thread tied around a person or deity's wrist kapumahattaya (Sinh.) – deity priest, lit. 'pole master' kapuråla (Sinh.) – deity priest karakam (Tm.) ...
... nine planets navagraha mürtinjaya sånti puja (Skt.) – name of a special rite for the nine planets and their associated ... from rebirth nitya (Skt.) – eternal nityapüjå (Skt.) – the regular or eternal daily temple rites. nül (Sinh.) ...
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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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