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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... and postcolonial political economy, this relation powerfully informs contemporary ethnic tensions and thus reveals certain Sri Lankan particularities. However, I suggest – 7– Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality.
... potentiality of Hindu temples as remarkable human achievements. The Polysemy of the Hindu Sacred in the Conditions of Violence The anthropology of ritual and religion has long recognised the complexity of the relation between power and ...
... ) along the boundaries of what they regarded as their traditional homelands in the north and east of the country. Tamils perceived these homelands to be especially threatened by a major – 9– Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality.
... nonBuddhist in the terms of Sinhala Buddhist revitalisation. My discussion turns to the relationship between the so-called 'worldly' (Sinh. laukika) and 'superworldly' – 11 – Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality.
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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