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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... Games and the Formation of Power The Village Guardian Myths of the Guardian Deities 59 60 64 65 67 69 70 73 76 81 89 90 92 93 95 101 103 108 110 117 117 123 127 129 133 134 141 145 147 150 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 References ...
auspicious bhadralin ga (Skt.) – auspicious linga image bhaktålayam (Skt.) – devotional shrine; name of shrine for the 63 Saints and repository of village god and goddess statues bhakti (Skt.) – devotional worship bhedana (Skt.) ...
village guardian god gamma∂uva (Sinh.) – name for a body of rites held for the goddess Pattini Gam Udåwa (Sinh.) – 'Village Reawakening', government sponsored rural development program garbha (Skt.) – 'womb', 'interior foetus' ...
geo-political unit of the Sinhalese state prior to and during European colonialism; a korale consisted of a number of pattu which in turn consisted of a number of villages kßetra (Skt.) – field of power (cultivated space) kulam (Tm.) ...
plural form of pattuva pattuva (Sinh.) – geo-political unit consisting of a number of villages perahara (Sinh.) – festival procession and general name for a festival pin (Sinh.) – merit pirit (Sinh.) – chant of Buddhist texts ...
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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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