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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... Symbolic Levels Conclusion 'The Look and the Thing Seen': Puja and Arccanai Daily Rites Puja as Offering Sinhala Buddhist Statuary The Logic of Deity Offerings in Sinhala Buddhism The Presence of Sakti The Goddess and Her 'Mountain' The ...
... , which draw out a symbolic association of the site as an ambiguous juncture of land and water. Most importantly, the potency is expressed in and through the wild trance behaviour that occurs when –4– The Domain of Constant Excess.
... symbolic centre for Suniyam in Sri Lanka – Kabälläva (Kapferer 1997a: 240). By 1999 the Manuweriya temple had been renovated and restored under the guidance of an increasingly prominent Indian Tamil businessman who lived in Madampe ...
... symbolic geography. The Munnesvaram tank that feeds the surrounding paddy fields is part of a small network of tanks presided over by the Karawita tank 3 km to the east. Right through to Kurunegala one finds these local hydraulic ...
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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