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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... Processions The Nine Planets as they are positioned in their Saivite temple shrine xxiv 20 54 96 109 111 120 135 142 153 172 174 74 LIST OF PHOTOGRAPHS 5 The Munnesvaram Temple and Tank (courtesy – x– List of Figures and Table.
... 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 festival at Munnesvaram where it is called in Tamil, the Hunting Festival amman ...
... shrine; name of shrine for the 63 Saints and repository of village god and goddess statues bhakti (Skt.) – devotional worship bhedana (Skt.) – 'splitting', a type of sorcery bhüta (Skt.) – elements bilva (Skt.) – woodapple Brahaspati ...
... shrine thresholds to protect and order boundaries korale (Sinh.) – geo-political unit of the Sinhalese state prior to and during European colonialism; a korale consisted of a number of pattu which in turn consisted of a number of ...
... shrine tower Sikuru (Sinh.) – Venus Silappadikåram (Tm.) – 'The Anklet', the famous story of the goddess Kannaki (Pattini). sivalin ga (Skt.) – the core ́Saivite image of lin.ga and yoni ́Sivaråtri (Skt.) – ' ́Siva Night', special all ...
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