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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... Ritual Practices and Religious Identity Pilgrimage and a Comparison Between Munnesvaram and Kataragama Worship and Ethnicity Sacrifice Sorcery Trance Maniyan Sorcery and Protection at the Munnesvaram Temple Sinhala Buddhism and Its ...
... 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 annual ...
... rituals balipi†ha (Skt.) – seat of sacrifice ban∂åra (Sinh.) – 'custodian', label and epithet for a class of ... ritual specialists and drummers bhadra (Skt.). – auspicious bhadralin ga (Skt.) – auspicious linga image bhaktålayam ...
... ritual sponsor darsana (Skt.) – darsanam (Tm.) – gaze, worship as witnessing the deity's gaze dasamî (Tm.) – tenth day after the new moon dehi käpîma (Sinh.) – lime cutting, an anti sorcery rite Demala (Sinh.) – Tamil desam kovil (Tm ...
... ritual plural diagram form articulating macrocosm/microcosm 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 ...
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