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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... specific name for deity worship having associations of service and devotion puruŖa (Skt.) – man PuruŖa (Skt.) – the Cosmic Man and source of creation Pu†am (Tm.) – Mercury puvarasu (Sinh.) – type of tree used in the Munnesvaram festival ...
... specific types of ritual. tattvas (Skt.) – principles derived from the elements ther (Tm.) – temple chariot thÓbam (Tm.) – camphor lamp timiti (Tm.) – firewalking tÓrtha (Skt.) the ford or crossing, name for a temple, name of special ...
... specific enactments or practices of the temple as a monumental religious architecture. I state that the temples express in a refractive manner, rather than reflect or represent, in order to stress that temples do not simply reflect ...
... specific term in Sinhala for such divine power is deva balaya. The idea of haskam is associated with the power of the site. In that sense, haskam is an enabling condition of balaya but also a characteristic of a site at which balaya has ...
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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