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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... of Female Divinity at Munnesvaram The Maradankulam Aiyanar Temple Map of Munnesvaram Showing Processions Arrangement of Deities for the Processions The Nine Planets as they are positioned in their Saivite temple shrine xxiv 20 54 96 ...
... of sorcery akasa (Skt.) – void, ether alangårathîbam (Tm.) – 'beautiful lamps', general name for waving a set of lamps in the puja ritual ala††i (Tm.) – the offering wave of lamps in puja ålåyam (Skt.) – abode, shrine am ̆ba (Sinh.) ...
auspicious bhadralin ga (Skt.) – auspicious linga image bhaktålayam (Skt.) – devotional shrine; name of shrine for the 63 Saints and repository of village god and goddess statues bhakti (Skt.) – devotional worship bhedana (Skt.) ...
... name for the temple flag pole ko ̄∂iyettum (Tm.) – flag-raising at commencement of temple festival kolam (Tm.) – decorative pattern in rice flour used at house and shrine thresholds to protect and order boundaries korale (Sinh.) ...
Buddhist text on the nature of bodily decay; an iconographic feature of representations of the deity Aiyanayake Sevvai (Tm.) – Mars sikkhara (Skt.) – the crest or peak, the pinnacle of any shrine tower Sikuru (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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