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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... statue and Meru Yantra The Bhadrakali Statue Covered In Cooling Sandalwood Paste A Maniyo Cuts a Lime to Remove Sorcery at the Bhadrakali Temple Puja to the Meru Yantra. In the top right corner is the mirror that stands in front of the ...
... statues bhakti (Skt.) – devotional worship bhedana (Skt.) – 'splitting', a type of sorcery bhüta (Skt.) – elements bilva (Skt.) – woodapple Brahaspati (Sinh.) – Jupiter brahman (Skt.) – priestly varna Bu∂ha (Sinh.) – Mercury cakra (Skt ...
... statue, (Skt.) usually – sandalwood protection, name of a rite involving coverof Kålî, in cooling sandalwood paste sangku (Tm.) – conch shell Íani (Sinh., Tm.) – Saturn Sårada (Skt.) – Autumn Sårada Navaråtri (Skt.) – The Autumn Nine ...
... statues of the deities are brought to the river in a procession from the temple and housed in a special octagonal pavilion built solely for the purpose. From the pavilion, one statue, the special guardian form of Siva known as Astara ...
... statue of Kali. A Tamil stonemason of Indian descent who lived and worked in Colombo had built the structure. Working for him on the day of the festival bathing rite was a Sinhala Buddhist deity priest who normally ran a small shrine to ...
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