Domain of Constant Excess: Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka

Domain of Constant Excess: Plural Worship at the Munnesvaram Temples in Sri Lanka

by Rohan Bastin
     
 

"...a successfully ambitious effort, richly informative and insightful in its coverage of the site's religious life and most sophisticated in its use and advancing of theoretical perspectives...Profound insights...abound in this complex and rewarding piece of scholarship..a must read for scholars of south Asian religions." -The Australian Journal of Anthropology

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"...a successfully ambitious effort, richly informative and insightful in its coverage of the site's religious life and most sophisticated in its use and advancing of theoretical perspectives...Profound insights...abound in this complex and rewarding piece of scholarship..a must read for scholars of south Asian religions." -The Australian Journal of Anthropology

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.

Rohan Bastin is Head of the School of Anthropology, Archaeology & Sociology at James Cook University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571812520
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Table
List of Photographs
Acknowledgements
Guide to Pronunciation
Glossary
Ch. 1Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality1
Ch. 2Fluidity and Ambiguity in the History of Munnesvaram15
Ch. 3Myths and Marginality43
Ch. 4Ritual Practices and Religious Identity59
Ch. 5The Saivite Temple as a Monumental Architecture89
Ch. 6'The Look and the Thing Seen': Puja and Arccanai117
Ch. 7The Presence of Sakti133
Ch. 8Guardians, Games and the Formation of Power145
Ch. 9The World Inside Out163
Ch. 10The Domain of Excess183
Ch. 11Divine Kings and Regal Gods: Temples in Society and History201
References213
Index227

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