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.
... Ground Plan The Temple as a Body and the Deities of its Six Cakras Features of the Aesthetic of Piling Down The Progression of Puja Lamps The Sri Cakra Spatial Arrangement of Female Divinity at Munnesvaram The Maradankulam Aiyanar ...
... ground of stability püjċ (Sinh., Skt., Tm.) – generic and specific name for deity worship having associations of service and devotion purußa (Skt.) – man Purußa (Skt.) – the Cosmic Man and source of creation Pu†am (Tm.) – Mercury ...
... of sorcery sthambaman .∂apa (Skt.) – the temple (flag)pole hall sudalai (Tm.) – cremation ground süniyam (Tm.) – zero, also the act of sorcery Süniyama (Sinh.) – major anti-sorcery rite sünyatċ (Skt.) – emptiness – xxi–– Glossary.
... grounds of interaction between social groups, they have had a central place in the history of South Asian (especially south Indian) civilisation. Munnesvaram offers a way of thinking about this. It does so because it is a broadly ...
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Chapter 2 Fluidity and Ambiguity in the History of Munnesvaram
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
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