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.
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... Anuradhapura Batticaloa CHILAW D edu ra Oya Kurunegala Kandy Negombo Colombo Adam's Peak Kataragama Galle Matara Figure 1.1 Map of Sri Lanka N Jaffna CHAPTER 1 WORSHIP, DIFFERENCE AND MARVELLOUS POTENTIALITY 5 When Jesuit. – xxiv –
Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka Rohan Bastin. Kali, for her devotees regularly fall into ... Sri Lankan society and history. In order to do so, I shall argue closely through my ethnography on the Munnesvaram temples ...
... Sri Lanka. I am concerned to show how the ritual complex of Munnesvaram establishes its condition of cosmic possibility. Events marking the conclusion of Munnesvaram's main annual festival briefly illustrate the potency of the temple's ...
... Sri Lanka as 'bhakti religiosity' (Obeyesekere 1978), or as evidence of 'Hinduizing trends' in contemporary Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhism (Gombrich 1988). The related context is the Saivite/Buddhist temple complex of Kataragama; the ...
... Sri Lanka, devotees would often explain that Munnesvaram has 'haskam', a Sinhala word that describes extraordinary religious power. Haskam can be expressed as the miraculous appearance of a statue, the ease with which devotees fall into ...
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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