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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Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. CHAPTER 1 WORSHIP, DIFFERENCE AND MARVELLOUS POTENTIALITY 5 When Jesuit missionaries were given the revenues associated with the Munnesvaram temple in 1605 by the ...
Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. lence, was raised repeatedly by this apparent unity of religious purpose at a single temple complex. I stress this apparent sense, however, for while at one moment the ...
Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. Catholic, Hindu and in a few cases Muslim.11 This book is largely an exploration of this power, which I shall term more specifically as 'potency' or 'potentiality' ...
In doing this I explore the manner of the festival as constitutive of a field of religious and social possibility by which the Munnesvaram temples are rearticulated with their world. Finally, having moved through a detailed presentation ...
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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
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