The Domain of Constant Excess: plural worship at the Munnesvaram temples in Sri Lanka

Bastin, Rohan (2002) The Domain of Constant Excess: plural worship at the Munnesvaram temples in Sri Lanka. Berghahn Books, New York, NY, USA.

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Abstract

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.

Item ID: 14204
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
Keywords: southern Asia; Asian religions; ethnic studies; ritual; Sri Lanka
ISBN: 978-1-57181-252-0
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2011 00:33
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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