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Hindu Buddhist Architecture in South Asia

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Item Code: BAE936
Author: Chetas Bhambri
Publisher: Venus Publications, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2023
ISBN: 9789390412723
Pages: 323 (Throughout B/w Illustrations)
Cover: HARDCOVER
Other Details 9.50 X 6.50 inch
Weight 630 gm
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Hinduism and Buddhism have in Southeast Asia prompted impressive architecture, including Angkor Vat and the Borubodur, with a lasting influence on the architecture of the area. Hinduism and Buddhism have in Southeast Asia prompted impressive architecture, including Angkor Vat and the Borubodur, with a lasting influence on the architecture of the area. Home Visual Arts Southeast Asian arts The second major tradition was initially received in various parts of the region from the Indian subcontinent about the 1st millennium century. The influence of Indian Hindu- Buddhist civilization came to be found almost everywhere except for the remote and forested mainland interior, most of Borneo and Celebes, the eastern Indonesian islands, and the Philippines. Despite the abundant evidence of Indian culture, the precise ways in which it was introduced to Southeast Asia remains something of a mystery. This book is the first stylistic history of Hindu-Buddhist architecture in the area from the beginning until today. The contrasts and similarities described between the religious structures of the different countries shed light on the religious history of the area. This book is the first stylistic history of Hindu-Buddhist architecture in the area from the beginning until today.

About the Author

Chetas Bhambri is a distinguished scholar and acclaimed expert in the field of architectural history. As an Associate Professor, Chetas imparts his extensive knowledge and expertise to students and researchers, nurturing a new generation of architectural enthusiasts. He possesses an impressive educational background, with a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Architectural History. Throughout his illustrious career, Chetas Bhambri has undertaken extensive research on the interplay between South East Asia and Hindu-Buddhist philosophies, and its manifestation in temple architecture. His writings can be found in The Wall Street Journal, the journals Space and Culture, Social Philosophy and Policy and others. His scholarly papers and articles have garnered acclaim for their in-depth analysis and profound insights into the subject matter.

Preface

Hinduism and Buddhism have in Southeast Asia prompted impressive architecture, including Angkor Vat and the Borubodur, with a lasting influence on the architecture of the area. Hinduism and Buddhism have in Southeast Asia prompted impressive architecture. including Angkor Vat and the Borubodur, with a lasting influence on the architecture of the area. Home Visual Arts Southeast Asian arts The second major tradition was initially received in various parts of the region from the Indian subcontinent about the 1st millennium century. The influence of Indian Hindu-Buddhist civilization came to be found almost everywhere except for the remote and forested mainland interior, most of Borneo and Celebes, the eastern Indonesian islands, and the Philippines. Despite the abundant evidence of Indian culture, the precise ways in which it was introduced to Southeast Asia remains something of a mystery. The archaeological record points to trade as the primary factor. By the 1st century ce, demand in the West, particularly from the Roman world, stimulated an expansion of Indian trade with Southeast Asia. Journeys between India and Southeast Asian ports were made in accordance with the prevailing summer and winter monsoon winds. Traders would often pass many months in port, waiting for the winds to change. At least one and a half years commonly passed between the start and return trip, and traders may well have married locally. Missionary activity on the part of Indian Buddhists resulted in the establishment of Buddhist monasteries and communities.

However, one of the characteristics of Hinduism and Buddhism in Southeast Asia is their peaceful coexistence and the blending of these religions with preexisting ancestral cults. This would indicate that those responsible for bringing Indian culture to Southeast Asia had a wider mission than religious conversion. The impact of Indian culture was profound, especially in parts of Burma (Myanmar). Thailand, Cambodia, and the Indonesian archipelago. Local rulers adopted concepts of state and kingship as well as urban development and hydraulic engingeering. They also embraced a script and literature in the Sanskrit language. Indic elements were integrated and authenticated by both Hindu and Buddhist metaphysical ideologies. Those ideologies claimed to be universal, embracing all human diversity within a cosmic frame. of reference. That probably explains why the culture was adopted, for there was no Indian conquest of terrain and no imposition of a populace. or doctrine. India never established colonies in Southeast Asia, and the transmission was more a movement of ideas rather than peoples. Furthermore, the decision was in the hands of the Southeast Asian rulers, and the adoption of Indic elements represented a clear choice on their part based on preexisting priorities. The many Indian concepts of state and kingship adopted by these rulers reflect the extensive political power held by religious figures in the royal courts. The local populations retained their animist customs, especially those connected with fertility and practical magic, often with art (in perishable materials). Those arts were influenced by and exercised a reciprocal influence upon the Indian forms. On the Indonesian island of Bali, which remains nominally Hindu, Indian and folk elements were thoroughly assimilated, producing a unique religious culture and art. In many remote parts of the region, art was used to link village life with the supernatural, and people continued to follow the ways of their ancestors, with local art styles demonstrating the resilience of indigenous traditions. Interregional artistic influences in art, such as of the Indonesian archipelago, were less easy to assess, and certain common symbols, motifs, and art objects underwent a transformation both in function and meaning. Each region often interpreted and represented these motifs differently, so caution must be exercised in interpreting them.

This book is the first stylistic history of Hindu-Buddhist architecture in the area from the beginning until today. The contrasts and similarities described between the religious structures of the different countries shed light on the religious history of the area. This book is the first stylistic history of Hindu-Buddhist architecture in the area from the beginning until today.

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