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.
... Bathing the Flagpole A Coconut Offering to the Temple Chariot A Man Carries his Child over the Hot Coals of the Firewalking. The firewalking leader with the margosa pot on his head dances in the background Trading in Plurality: Buddhist ...
... bathing rite at end of festival tÓrtham (Tm.) – bathing rite at the end of temple festivals tiruvil.Ś (Tm.) – festival procession and label for the festival as a whole todpullu (Skt.) – special pointer stick made of woven kusa grass ...
... bathing and the almsgiving that follows. I attended my first festival in 1985 having already studied a number of Tamil temple festivals from the Eastern Province. The procession and bathing seemed to me to be following a predictable ...
... bathing rite was a Sinhala Buddhist deity priest who normally ran a small shrine to the Sinhala Buddhist sorcery deity Suniyam.9 He described how he used this bo tree throughout the year for sacrifice and sorcery, bringing clients from ...
... bathing rite bo tree is one small vignette, and I stress the role of the broad body of worshippers as members of a public that is actively constitutive of this dynamism of both design and rite. To do this I begin with the social ...
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