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.
... Regional Polity The World Inside Out Jokes at the Boundary The Flag-Hoisting – Origination The 'Trust' Meeting Processions and the Spiral Upward Morning and Night Processions Chariots – The Temple Turns on Itself The Domain of Excess ...
... regional temple de ̄va balaya (Sinh.) – divine power de ̄våla (Sinh.) – deity temple devasthåna (Skt.) – 'god's seat' (a temple) de ̄vatå (Sinh.) – class of minor interstitial deities with fierce and demonic characteristics de ̄vatåvå ...
... regional temple, a key element in their sense of regional religious and ethnic identity. Thus, while orientations to Munnesvaram and its significance vary widely, they all share the sense that Munnesvaram is a temple complex of great ...
... regional temple (Tm. desam kovil) and a special pilgrimage (or as I shall show antipilgrimage) centre for relief from affliction. There is often a tension between these two existences, a tension that relates to the nature of social ...
... region is ethnically ambiguous and the local dialect is a Sinhala-Tamil mixture. However, a large portion of the devotional population comes from outside and they come to Munnesvaram for its special power to influence people's lives. In ...
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
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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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