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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... festival man.∂apa events (Skt.) – 'great spring hall', area in temple used for målå (Skt.) – garland man mä ̄niyan .∂ala (Skt.) (Sinh.) – – ritual plural diagram form articulating macrocosm/microcosm relation of mä ̄niyo mä ̄niyo ...
... festival pin (Sinh.) – merit pirit (Sinh.) – chant of Buddhist texts (usually by monks) pî†ham (Tm.) – pî†ha (Skt ... festival 'Hunting Festival' Radala (Sinh.) – aristocratic landowner caste Råhu (Sinh.,Tm.) – the Dragon's Head planet ...
... festival, the best known Navaråtri festival in the year såsana (Sinh.) – Buddhist orthodoxy/orthopraxy såstra kåråya (Sinh.) – ritual specialist with knowledge of the sastra manuals, often associated with healing rites and sorcery ...
... festival tîrtham (Tm.) – bathing rite at the end of temple festivals tiruvil.å (Tm.) – festival procession and label for the festival as a whole todpullu (Skt.) – special pointer stick made of woven kusa grass used in abhiseka rites ...
... festival vibhüti (Skt.) – the special ash of burnt cow-dung used by ́Saivites vidveßan.a (Skt.) – 'rendering hostile', a type of sorcery vihara (Sinh.) – Buddhist temple consisting of deity shrines, relic shrines and resident monks ...
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