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The Golden Lands: Architecture of the Buddhist World

Vikram Lall

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 280

  • Publisher: Abbe Ville Press

  • Date Published: Sep 2014

  • Stock Code: 84237

  • ISBN: 9780789211941

  • Binding: Hardback

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Over the course of it's 2500 year history, Buddhism has found expression in countless architectural forms, from the great monastic complexes of ancient India to the fortified Dzongs of Bhutan, the rock-carved temple grottoes of China, the wooden shrines of Japan, and the colourful Wats of Laos and Thailnad.  Architecture of the Buddhist World, a projected six-volume series by the noted architect and scholar Vikram Lall, represents a new multi-disciplinary approach to this fascinating subject, showing how Buddhist thought and ritual have interacted with local traditions accross the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture.

The first volume in the series, The Golden Lands, is devoted to southeast Asia, home to many of the most spectacular Buddhist monuments.  Following a general introductionto the early history of Buddhism and its most charateristic architectural forms (the Stupa, the temple and the monastery), Lall examines the Buddhist architecture of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.  For each country he provides both a historical overviewand case studies of noteworthy structures.  Llal's concise and accessible text is abundantly illustrated throughout with new colour photography, as well as original architectural models that make even the most complex structures easily comprehensible.

The monuments that Lall considers in The Golden Lands range from the modest Bupaya Stupa, constructed in Pagan, Myanmar, in the third century, to the vast complex of Borobudur in central Java, the world's largest Buddhist monument; his achievement is to place them all within a single panorama of history, religion, and artistic innovation.

 

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