Publisher: DK Printworld (March 1, 2002)
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Over the rolling centuries, Buddhism and Hinduism, of the realm s oldest sustained faiths, got here to adapt a posh, but accurately defining, iconic language: not only for figural representations, yet for the architectural plans in their temples and monuments besides a language that enables interpretations of geometric proportions. this is the 1st ever attempt to brilliantly get to the bottom of the enduring idiom serious about the architectural plans of Buddhist and Hindu temples and monuments of India and the Indianized States of Southeast Asia. along with his indepth surveys of various Buddhic and Hindic temples in India, Sri Lanka, Java (Indonesia), Kambuja, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, or even Malaysia, the writer indicates how the fundamental aspect of their structure: the PLAN conceived inside of a cosmological framework was once fraught with iconographic import and enter, necessitating the assistance of authoritative compendia, just like the Manasara and the Mayamata, the arcane wisdom of the sthapati (priest-architect), and plenty of different complicated techniques which all have been steeped in symbolism. In analysing the architectural plans of those temples, Professor Bunce additionally highlights a number of the similar iconographic concerns, like orientation, simple geometric varieties, development tools, principles and ratios, the non-congregational necessity, the excessive position as a attention in addition to the cave along with a few potential affects which exert numerous quantities of keep watch over, e.g., textual, philosophic/theologic, numerological, astrological/astronomical, regionality and, most significantly, the mandala. Generously supported via visible fabric comprising as many as four hundred figures and line-drawings, Professor Bunce s booklet is usually a huge, off-beat workout of large curiosity to iconographers in addition to the historians/specialists of South and Southeast Asian temple structure.