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The domain of constant excess : plural worship at the Munnesvaram temples in Sri Lanka

Author: Rohan Bastin
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2002.
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rohan Bastin
ISBN: 1571812520 9781571812520
OCLC Number: 50028737
Description: xxiii, 231 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Worship, Difference and Marvellous Potentiality --
Ch. 2. Fluidity and Ambiguity in the History of Munnesvaram --
Ch. 3. Myths and Marginality --
Ch. 4. Ritual Practices and Religious Identity --
Ch. 5. The Saivite Temple as a Monumental Architecture --
Ch. 6. 'The Look and the Thing Seen': Puja and Arccanai --
Ch. 7. The Presence of Sakti --
Ch. 8. Guardians, Games and the Formation of Power --
Ch. 9. The World Inside Out --
Ch. 10. The Domain of Excess --
Ch. 11. Divine Kings and Regal Gods: Temples in Society and History.
Responsibility: Rohan Bastin.

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Bastin (anthropology, archaeology, and sociology, James Cook U.) has recast his doctoral dissertation for University College London, which explores how religious meaning and potency acquire force in  Read more...

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