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By Paul Younger

The once a year gala's which are vital to the south Indian non secular culture are one of the biggest spiritual gatherings stumbled on wherever on the earth. such a lot can be found at Hindu temples, yet a few are at Buddhist, Christian, or Islamic facilities, and plenty of contain humans or symbols from multiple spiritual culture. To an observer, the actions of a pageant could appear chaotic, however the individuals give some thought to the actions the ritual concentration of a special non secular event, and often testify that it really is within the task of a competition that they locate their such a lot profound experience of non secular that means. right here, more youthful deals a fieldwork-based research of fourteen diverse spiritual fairs, laying off gentle on not just their non secular, but additionally their social and political meanings.

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Buddhist rulers often controlled this part of southeast Sri Lanka, as well as the better-known Anuradhapura in the northwest of the island. There are elaborate stupas and monasteries in the ancient capital of this re- Figure 2-1. " Figure 2-2. Buddhist stupa "Kiri Vehera" in Kataragama. On the Edge of the Forest 29 gion, called Tissamaharama, 16 kilometers away from Kataragama. Other ruins of stupas and monasteries are in the forest closer to the Kataragama festival site. Many of these Buddhist buildings were centers of activity over the centuries, and it would be impossible to reconstruct how extensively Buddhist themes interacted with the central ritual of Kataragama in different eras.

This stupa was recently reconstructed and has probably been reconstructed many times over the centuries. However, some sculpture near the stupa dates from before the beginning of the Common Era, and that provides proof that there was a Buddhist stupa on this site at that time. ) Buddhist rulers often controlled this part of southeast Sri Lanka, as well as the better-known Anuradhapura in the northwest of the island. There are elaborate stupas and monasteries in the ancient capital of this re- Figure 2-1.

In one of the military stories, Ayyappan is portrayed as the child of a young priest, whose ascetic father had been murdered by Udayanan, and a royal princess, who had been abducted by Udayanan. Raised with the mission of taking revenge for his ancestors, Ayyappan proved to be a daring military commander when he assisted the ruler of Pantalam against the fearsome Udayanan. In one variation of this story, the Pantalam ruler actually sent Ayyappan to Maturai to serve as a mercenary with the Pantya rulers to whom the Pantalam ruler was related.

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