A celebration of demons: Exorcism and the aesthetics of by Bruce Kapferer

By Bruce Kapferer

The Sinhalese exorcism rituals are might be the main complicated and the main great in functionality nonetheless extant. For this moment variation, the writer has written a brand new preface and creation during which he argues that the innovations of therapeutic in Sri Lanka and the aesthetics of this therapeutic can't be decreased to Western psychoanalytic or psychotherapeutic phrases, and develops new and unique ways to ritual and the cultured typically.

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Class, Community, and the Control of the Temples The general processes underlying the Buddhist revitalization as an ideology of class are well-evidenced at the level of local urban communities where it is the middle class who have gained control over the central institutions of Buddhist practice and ideological production: the Buddhist temples. Throughout Galle town it is the middle class who control the lay Buddhist temple associations, who are involved in the appointment of new 26 A Celebration Demons monks, and who are concerned with the morality of monks, with the organization of temple donations, with improvements and additions to temple structures, and with the organization of major Buddhist calendrical events centering on the temple.

The force behind Sinhalese nationalism was a class force committed to the capitalist principles of colonial society yet opposed to British domination. ^ Obeyesekere (1970a:46) stresses the nationalist purpose of the revival and notes that despite the revival's modelling of some of its ideas and organization on C h r i s t i a n i t y , ' the new Buddhism was "from the contemporary point of view, . . " Buddhist reformists claimed Buddhism as an ethical system superior to Christianity, a system which included many of the virtues of Christianity but none of the vices of Western Christian civilization (Ames 1963:53).

Change is a function of social reproduction, and ideology and culture continue to develop and elaborate within the dynamics of reproduction, but as they do so they are forces in recreating a structure of social and political inequality. In the following discussion I examine briefly a period of major ideological formation in Sri Lanka, known broadly as the Buddhist revival. I then extend this into a description of the historical context of an urban community in Galle town, illustrating that what was a national process also was deeply involved in the development of social and political relations in local communities.

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