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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... Sorcery Trance Maniyan Sorcery and Protection at the Munnesvaram Temple Sinhala Buddhism and Its Radical Temporality Popular Religion as a Practice of Resistance The Saivite Temple as a Monumental Architecture Potency as Simultaneous ...
... Sorcery at the Bhadrakali Temple Puja to the Meru Yantra. In the top right corner is the mirror that stands in front of the Inner Sanctum The Regal Flag Procession Led by Sinhalese and Tamil Musicians Cosmogenesis: Bathing the Flagpole ...
... 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 ...
... sorcery Berava (Sinh.) – caste of ritual specialists and drummers bhadra (Skt.). – auspicious bhadralin ga (Skt.) – auspicious linga image bhaktålayam (Skt.) – devotional shrine; name of shrine for the 63 Saints and repository of ...
... sorcery rite Demala (Sinh.) – Tamil desam kovil (Tm.) – regional temple de ̄va balaya (Sinh.) – divine power de ̄våla (Sinh.) – deity temple devasthåna (Skt.) – 'god's seat' (a temple) de ̄vatå (Sinh.) – class of minor interstitial ...
Chapter 2 Fluidity and Ambiguity in the History of Munnesvaram
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