The Domain of Constant Excess: Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka
Berghahn Books, Dec 1, 2002 - Social Science - 254 pages
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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... and Obeyesekere 1988) and thereby link it to processes of social transformation, specifically urbanisation, my interpretation is concerned with how a temple complex like Munnesvaram enables shifting forms of worship to take place.
In the broad approach I take to the aesthetic of Munnesvaram as both form and practice, I include as central to my argument the place of Munnesvaram in Sri Lankan history, politics and cultural heritage. The contemporary Munnesvaram ...
Instead, the sacred is to be considered as the setting-apart, or process of becoming sacred, which can take the form of re-origination and the irruption into existence of a powerful assemblage of forces that are not not-profane.
... the eleventh century when coins were minted at the Munnesvaram temple (Codrington 1916). The Tamil name for Chilaw, Salabamapura stems from 'salabam' ('Pearl Fishery'). However, in Sinhala, salabam takes the meaning of anklet.
The last and most famous of these was Prince Taniyavala Bahu whose fame stemmed from a victory over Kadiyarana ('the Muslim pirate') who attempted to take over Chilaw in the late fifteenth century (Rajavaliya 1954: 62).
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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
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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
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