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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... temple complex of Munnesvaram, a predominantly Hindu cluster of five temples near the north-west coastal town of Chilaw, during the period from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. My discussion is intended to draw out general issues about ...
... temple complex. I stress this apparent sense, however, for while at one moment the fluidity of social and religious ... temple's dynamic. The events are associated with the festival climax, an event known in Tamil as the 'sacred bath ...
... temples' significance. Most importantly, the spectacle feeds into the development of the bo tree site, a development ... temple priests. Passing over the River Dedura and continuing a few kilometres north one finds a strangely designed ...
... temple's built form, the inscription is central to the relationship between the temple and the Brahmin priests who effectively own the temple. It underpins the legal status of the temple and also that of its priests, and thus has a ...
... temples are owned and run by their Tamil Saivite priests. This is important because through their ownership the ... temple complexes, because they have lacked executive power. This lacuna has created a space in which spontaneous peasant ...
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