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Power and Religiosity in a Post-Colonial Setting Sinhala Catholics in Contemporary Sri Lanka 1st Published

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Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published In:1992
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:640 gms
Pages:pp. xviii + 237, 4 Figures, 10 Tables, 2 Maps, Index, Glossary, References, Notes, Abbreviations, Acknowledgement

The Title "Power and Religiosity in a Post-Colonial Setting Sinhala Catholics in Contemporary Sri Lanka 1st Published" is written by R.L. Stirrat. This book was published in the year 1992. The ISBN number 0521415551|9780521415552 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. This book also comes in Paperback . This book has total of pp. xviii + 237 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Cambridge University Press. We have about 81823 other great books from this publisher. Power and Religiosity in a Post-Colonial Setting Sinhala Catholics in Contemporary Sri Lanka 1st Published is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

Over the past few decades a series of Catholic shrines have sprung up in Sri Lanka which draw hundreds of pilgrims. Although best known as centres for the exorcism of the demonically possessed, their miraculous efficacy also extends to helping people find jobs and preferment, and to alleviating suffering. Dr Stirrat, who has worked in Sri Lanka over a long period, is interested both in how people behave at the shrines, and in the historical and social contexts in which the shrines have appeared. He argues that an understanding of their religious importance is intricately connected with power, religious and political. This view challenges the conventional distinction between 'religion' and 'politics', and accordingly, religious suffering is seen as a complex metaphor linking together various social domains and a means through which conflicts over power and authority can be expressed. Dr Stirrat treats the development of these shrines, the discourses used, and the goals of the devotees as commentaries on changing power Relations as well as attempts by the faithful to gain access to divine power.

About the Author

R. L. Stirrat is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex. He is The Author of On the beach : Fishermen, fishwives and fishtraders in post - colonial Lanka (1988).


List of Maps and Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction
2. The Colonial Church
3. The Church in Crisis
4. The Rise of Kudagama
5. Demonic Possession and the Battle Against Evil
6. Suffering and Sacrifice
7. Holy Men and Power
8. Patronage and Religion
9. On the Borders
10. Conclusion

List of References