Sacred Sites of Burma

Sacred Sites of Burma
Author: Donald Martin Stadtner
Publsiher: River Books Press Dist A C
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2011
ISBN: 9789749863602
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Sites of Burma Book Excerpt:

The sacred sites of Burma are amongst the most beautiful and spectacular in all of Asia. However, the fame and sacredness of these holy places rests almost solely on the myths and legends that surround their founding and the origins of their relics. These Buddhist tales can arise and evolve with astounding speed and creativity drawing on a variety of sources ranging from local folklore to Sri Lankan chronicles. This book uncovers the evidence for and traces the development of these intricate myths across a wide spectrum of sacred sites ranging from Yangon and the Mon State in Lower Burma to Pagan and Mandalay in Upper Burma as well as considering the areas of Shan influence around Inle lake. The author illustrates how sacred sites can emerge with remarkable frequency even in our own time with only those that possess myths catching the imagination of the Buddhist faithful having any chance of long term survival. This book represents an essential read for anyone interested in the development of Buddhism in its many aspects, be they its art, archaeology, history or belief.

Hard Travel to Sacred Places

Hard Travel to Sacred Places
Author: Rudolph Wurlitzer
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 176
Release: 1995
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hard Travel to Sacred Places Book Excerpt:

A travelogue and journey of personal exploration amongst the sacred sites of Thailand, Burma and Cambodia.

Myanmar Burma since the 1988 Uprising

Myanmar  Burma  since the 1988 Uprising
Author: Andrew Selth
Publsiher: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
Total Pages: 370
Release: 2022-01-24
ISBN: 9814951781
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Myanmar Burma since the 1988 Uprising Book Excerpt:

Updated by popular demand, this is the fourth edition of this important bibliography. It lists a wide selection of works on or about Myanmar published in English and in hard copy since the 1988 pro-democracy uprising, which marked the beginning of a new era in Myanmar’s modern history. There are now 2,727 titles listed. They have been written, edited, translated or compiled by over 2,000 people, from many different backgrounds. These works have been organized into thirty-five subject chapters containing ninety-five discrete sections. There are also four appendices, including a comprehensive reading guide for those unfamiliar with Myanmar or who may be seeking guidance on particular topics. This book is an invaluable aid to officials, scholars, journalists, armchair travellers and others with an interest in this fascinating but deeply troubled country.

Directory of Sacred Places

Directory of Sacred Places
Author: Timothy Whittaker
Publsiher: Timothy Whittaker
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2006-01-01
ISBN: 0977044017
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Directory of Sacred Places Book Excerpt:

This book contains a comprehensive list of Sacred Places from around the world.

Sacred Places Around the World

Sacred Places Around the World
Author: Brad Olsen
Publsiher: CCC Publishing
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2004-02-01
ISBN: 1888729317
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Places Around the World Book Excerpt:

World travelers and armchair tourists who want to explore the mythology and archaeology of the ruins, sanctuaries, mountains, lost cities, and temples of ancient civilizations will find this guide ideal. Detailed here are the monuments and sites where ancient peoples once gathered to perform sacred rituals and ceremonies to worship various gods and to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Important archaeological, historical, and geological destinations worldwide are profiled, from the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the Forbidden City in China to the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Mount Shasta in California. Sites are described in historical and cultural context, and practical contemporary travel information is provided, including detailed maps, drawings, photographs, and travel directions.

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places
Author: Norbert Brockman
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 681
Release: 2011-09-13
ISBN: 159884654X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places Book Excerpt:

This thoroughly revised and updated encyclopedia documents the diversity of shrines, temples, holy places, and pilgrimage sites sacred to the world's major religious traditions, and illustrates their elemental place in human culture.

Splendour of Buddhism in Burma

Splendour of Buddhism in Burma
Author: Pascal Christel
Publsiher: Partridge Publishing Singapore
Total Pages: 468
Release: 2020-10-18
ISBN: 1543758177
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Splendour of Buddhism in Burma Book Excerpt:

SPLENDOUR OF BUDDHISM IN BURMA A JOURNEY TO THE GOLDEN LAND BY PASCAL CHRISTEL An illustrated book offers a wide-ranging overview of Buddhism in Myanmar. Having been struck by the wonder and visual magnificence of Myanmar (Burma) during his travels there in 2015, Christel was inspired to write this work exploring the intricacies of the land, which, as he points out, has yet to be completely overrun with tourists. Visitors may find the place difficult to understand in any case, the author explains: “This is not a simple issue of democracy versus military junta. The practice of Theravada Buddhism for almost 90 per cent of the population includes some fatalism in order to reach nirvana.” Although Christel’s volume looks at a broad spectrum of the country’s life and art, the main focus here is on the many sects and flavors of Buddhism and the various ways the religion intertwines itself with all levels of society. Buddhism, the author writes, “is all over, sovereign in the behavior of people, their way of life, their kindness, and their beliefs, but also in the art and architecture.” That architecture in all its variety forms the heart of his book and is brought alive in a profusion of prints, ancient illustrations, and hundreds of original images by assorted photographers. Christel explores dozens of the nation’s art forms, from pottery and lacquer work to ancient manuscripts and various architectural styles. He explains everything with an assured combination of enthusiasm and knowledge, whether he’s writing about a tiny, obscure shrine perched on stilts off some little-visited waterway or an elaborate temple complex. The energy in tackling all of these details never flags; the author is always excited about the next discovery. “Burma is a treasure and a delight,” he writes. “One’s eyes are never at rest, and one must have the camera always ready for a shot.” Readers, whether they’ve been to Myanmar or not, will feel as if they’ve trekked all over the country with a friendly, knowledgeable guide. A comprehensive, engrossing, and splendidly illustrated guide to the Buddhist art and architecture of Myanmar. Review Program: KIRKUS INDIE Categories: ART & PHOTOGRAPHY | PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

A Heritage of Ruins

A Heritage of Ruins
Author: William R. Chapman
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2013-07-31
ISBN: 0824837932
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Heritage of Ruins Book Excerpt:

The ancient ruins of Southeast Asia have long sparked curiosity and romance in the world’s imagination. They appear in accounts of nineteenth-century French explorers, as props for Indiana Jones’ adventures, and more recently as the scene of Lady Lara Croft’s fantastical battle with the forces of evil. They have been featured in National Geographic magazine and serve as backdrops for popular television travel and reality shows. Now William Chapman’s expansive new study explores the varied roles these monumental remains have played in the histories of Southeast Asia’s modern nations. Based on more than fifteen years of travel, research, and visits to hundreds of ancient sites, A Heritage of Ruins shows the close connection between “ruins conservation” and both colonialism and nation building. It also demonstrates the profound impact of European-derived ideas of historic and aesthetic significance on ancient ruins and how these continue to color the management and presentation of sites in Southeast Asia today. Angkor, Pagan (Bagan), Borobudur, and Ayutthaya lie at the center of this cultural and architectural tour, but less visited sites, including Laos’s stunning Vat Phu, the small temple platforms of Malaysia’s Lembah Bujang Valley, the candi of the Dieng Plateau in Java, and the ruins of Mingun in Burma and Wiang Kum Kam near Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, are also discussed. All share a relative isolation from modern urban centers of population, sitting in park-like settings, serving as objects of tourism and as lynchpins for local and even national economies. Chapman argues that these sites also remain important to surrounding residents, both as a means of income and as continuing sources of spiritual meaning. He examines the complexities of heritage efforts in the context of present-day expectations by focusing on the roles of both outside and indigenous experts in conservation and management and on attempts by local populations to reclaim their patrimony and play a larger role in protection and interpretation. Tracing the history of interventions aimed at halting time’s decay, Chapman provides a chronicle of conservation efforts over a century and a half, highlighting the significant part foreign expertise has played in the region and the ways that national programs have, in recent years, begun to break from earlier models. The book ends with suggestions for how Southeast Asian managers and officials might best protect their incomparable heritage of art and architecture and how this legacy might be preserved for future generations.

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places 2nd Edition 2 volumes

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places  2nd Edition  2 volumes
Author: Norbert C. Brockman
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 681
Release: 2011-09-13
ISBN: 1598846558
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places 2nd Edition 2 volumes Book Excerpt:

Now thoroughly revised and updated, this encyclopedia documents the diversity of shrines, temples, holy places, and pilgrimage sites sacred to the world's major religious traditions, and illustrates their elemental place in human culture. • Over 300 A–Z entries covering sites and pilgrimages sacred to the world's major religious traditions • Illustrative photographs and maps • A glossary of relevant terms • Appendices listing sites by country, faith tradition, and placement in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites

Historical Dictionary of Burma Myanmar

Historical Dictionary of Burma  Myanmar
Author: Donald M. Seekins
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 684
Release: 2017-03-27
ISBN: 1538101831
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Historical Dictionary of Burma Myanmar Book Excerpt:

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar) contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.

Buddhist Monuments And Temples Of Myanmar And Thailand

Buddhist Monuments And Temples Of Myanmar And Thailand
Author: W. Vivian De Thabrew
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 116
Release: 2014-03-11
ISBN: 1491896221
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhist Monuments And Temples Of Myanmar And Thailand Book Excerpt:

This is a mainly pictorial work, featuring recent color photographs taken by the author of the many different styles and features of Buddhist images, stupas, or pagodas found in two of the most prominent Buddhist countries in Asia. Accompanying the photographs is the text describing the magnificent architectural heritage of Buddhism and also explaining the origin and development of the images and stupas. The photographs attempt to exhibit the physical expression of one of the world’s major religions, which now has many adherents in the West as well as in the East. These Buddhist sites now attract many thousands of visitors, both pilgrims and tourists, all year round. This book showcases the most prominent sites for both the visitor and the armchair traveler. This is the second in the author’s series of books on Buddhist architecture and iconography. He is, at present, working on a third volume, Buddhist Monuments and Temples of Cambodia and Laos.

China s Sacred Sites

China s Sacred Sites
Author: Shun-xun Nan,Beverly Foit-Albert
Publsiher: Himalayan Institute Press
Total Pages: 259
Release: 2007
ISBN: 9780893892623
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

China s Sacred Sites Book Excerpt:

The ancient Chinese developed building techniques that are astounding in their ability to match nature and endure for centuries. China's Sacred Sites presents a vision of architecture as a harmonious interaction of human culture and the natural world. Over 300 color photos and architectural drawings document some of the most remarkable achievements of mountainscape feng shui. The wisdom of these ancient builders is particularly relevant today as sustainable building practices and green design take architecture in new directions.

Buddhist Visual Cultures Rhetoric and Narrative in Late Burmese Wall Paintings

Buddhist Visual Cultures  Rhetoric  and Narrative in Late Burmese Wall Paintings
Author: Alexandra Green
Publsiher: Hong Kong University Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2018-01-04
ISBN: 9888390880
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhist Visual Cultures Rhetoric and Narrative in Late Burmese Wall Paintings Book Excerpt:

Step into a Burmese temple built between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries and you are surrounded by a riot of color and imagery. The majority of the highly detailed wall paintings displays Buddhist biographical narratives, inspiring the devotees to follow the Buddha’s teachings. Alexandra Green goes one step further to consider the temples and their contents as a whole, arguing that the wall paintings mediate the relationship between the architecture and the main Buddha statues in the temples. This forges a unified space for the devotees to interact with the Buddha and his community, with the aim of transforming the devotees’ current and future lives. These temples were a cohesively articulated and represented Burmese Buddhist world to which the devotees belonged. Green’s visits to more than 160 sites with identifiable subject matter form the basis of this richly illustrated volume, which draws upon art historical, anthropological, and religious studies methodologies to analyze the wall paintings and elucidate the contemporary religious, political, and social concepts that drove the creation of this lively art form. “Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, and Narrative in Late Burmese Wall Paintings is truly a tour de force that allows us to see Burmese temple paintings of the Life of the Buddha and similar themes as an open-ended genre that, like literary discourse, participates in wider social, intellectual, and religious contexts.” —Juliane Schober, Arizona State University “Alexandra Green introduces this relatively unknown material and subjects it to sophisticated analysis. This study is major step towards creating a template that could be used for analyzing other late traditions of Buddhist painting.” —Janice Leoshko, University of Texas at Austin

Architectural Conservation in Asia

Architectural Conservation in Asia
Author: John H. Stubbs,Robert G. Thomson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 598
Release: 2016-11-10
ISBN: 1317406184
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Architectural Conservation in Asia Book Excerpt:

At a time when organized heritage protection in Asia is developing at a rapid pace, Architectural Conservation in Asia provides the first comprehensive overview of architectural conservation practice from Afghanistan to the Philippines. The country-by-country analysis adopted by the book draws out local insights, experiences, best practice and solutions for effective cultural heritage management that will inform study and practice both in Asia and beyond. Whereas architectural conservation in much of the Western world has been extensively documented, this book brings together coverage of many regions where architectural conservation has been understudied. Following on from the highly influential companion volumes on global architectural conservation and architectural conservation in Europe and the Americas, with this book the authors extend their pioneering global examination to the dynamic and evolving field of architectural conservation in Asia. Throughout the book, the authors and regional experts provide local case studies and profile topics that bring depth and insight to this ambitious study. As architectural conservation becomes increasingly global in practice, this book will be of considerable assistance to architectural conservation practitioners, site managers and students of architecture, planning, archaeology and heritage studies worldwide.

Sacred Places

Sacred Places
Author: Brad Olsen
Publsiher: CCC Publishing
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9781888729023
Category: Sacred space
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Places Book Excerpt:

A travel guide to the world's most sacred locales offers travel tips and detailed maps to the Great Pyramid, Easter Island, the Himalayas, Ayers Rock, Chaco Canyon, Jericho, Delphi, Stonehenge, and Mayan ruins, among other sites of spiritual importance. Original.

Between the Bay of Bengal and the Java Sea

Between the Bay of Bengal and the Java Sea
Author: Mariana Isa
Publsiher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2020-02-15
ISBN: 9814893005
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Between the Bay of Bengal and the Java Sea Book Excerpt:

The peoples of Southeast Asia have a long history of cultural commonalities. From Sumatra to Vietnam, the inhabitants built wooden houses on poles whether they lived in flooded coastal plains or in the highlands. Their diet consisted mainly of rice and fish. They believed in common folk deities such as the rice-spirit. They chewed betel and engaged in pastimes such as cockfighting and sepak takraw. How did such features come to spread across an area of 4.5 million square kilometres? Southeast Asia – for all its diversity of ethnicity, language, religion – can best be understood as a region that has been knit together by a network of trade routes over land and sea. This revelatory new book traces the diffusion of cultures across Southeast Asia from the last few centuries BCE, by looking at trade goods such as Indian beads, Vietnamese Dongson drums, Chinese ceramics, and spices from the Indonesian archipelago. The authors take us through a host of ancient port cities, such as Srivijaya, whose fortunes were intimately tied to these trade routes, pointing out striking similarities in architecture, writing systems, and everyday customs. Richly illustrated with maps, drawings and full-colour photographs, Between the Bay of Bengal and the Java Sea is an illuminating slice of history that reveals in beautiful detail the longstanding mercantile links and cultural kinship among the disparate peoples of Southeast Asia.

The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Heritage in The Asia Pacific

The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Heritage in The Asia Pacific
Author: Kapila D. Silva,Ken Taylor,David S. Jones
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 580
Release: 2022-07-29
ISBN: 1000604578
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Heritage in The Asia Pacific Book Excerpt:

The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Heritage in the Asia-Pacific revisits the use, growth, and potential of the cultural landscape methodology in the conservation and management of culture-nature heritage in the Asia-Pacific region. Taking both a retrospective and prospective view of the management of cultural heritage in the region, this volume argues that the plurality and complexity of heritage in the region cannot be comprehensively understood and effectively managed without a broader conceptual framework like the cultural landscape approach. The book also demonstrates that such an approach facilitates the development of a flexible strategy for heritage conservation. Acknowledging the effects of rapid socio-economic development, globalization, and climate change, contributors examine the pressure these issues place on the sustenance of cultural heritage. Including chapters from more than 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, the volume reviews the effectiveness of theoretical and practical potentials afforded by the cultural landscape approach and examines how they have been utilized in the Asia-Pacific context for the last three decades. The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Heritage in the Asia-Pacific provides a comprehensive analysis of the processes of cultural landscape heritage conservation and management. As a result, it will be of interest to academics, students, and professionals who are based in the fields of cultural heritage management, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and landscape management.

The Buddha s Wizards

The Buddha s Wizards
Author: Thomas Nathan Patton
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-10-16
ISBN: 0231547374
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Buddha s Wizards Book Excerpt:

Wizards with magical powers to heal the sick, possess the bodies of their followers, and defend their tradition against outside threats are far from the typical picture of Buddhism. Yet belief in wizard-saints who protect their devotees and intervene in the world is widespread among Burmese Buddhists. The Buddha’s Wizards is a historically informed ethnographic study that explores the supernatural landscape of Buddhism in Myanmar to explain the persistence of wizardry as a form of lived religion in the modern era. Thomas Nathan Patton explains the world of wizards, spells, and supernatural powers in terms of both the broader social, political, and religious context and the intimate roles that wizards play in people’s everyday lives. He draws on affect theory, material and visual culture, long-term participant observation, and the testimonies of the devout to show how devotees perceive the protective power of wizard-saints. Patton considers beliefs and practices associated with wizards to be forms of defending Buddhist traditions from colonial and state power and culturally sanctioned responses to restrictive gender roles. The book also offers a new lens on the political struggles and social transformations that have taken place in Myanmar in recent years. Featuring close attention to the voices of individual wizard devotees and the wizards themselves, The Buddha’s Wizards provides a striking new look at a little-known aspect of Buddhist belief that helps expand our ways of thinking about the daily experience of lived religious practices.

Banished potentates

Banished potentates
Author: Robert Aldrich
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2017-12-27
ISBN: 1526113430
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Banished potentates Book Excerpt:

Though the overthrow and exile of Napoleon in 1815 is a familiar episode in modern history, it is not well known that just a few months later, British colonisers toppled and banished the last king in Ceylon. Beginning with that case, this volume examines the deposition and exile of indigenous monarchs by the British and French – with examples in India, Burma, Malaysia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Tunisia and Morocco – from the early nineteenth century down to the eve of decolonisation. It argues that removal of native sovereigns, and sometimes abolition of dynasties, provided a powerful strategy used by colonisers, though European overlords were seldom capable of quelling resistance in the conquered countries, or of effacing the memory of local monarchies and the legacies they left behind.

Burmese Daze

Burmese Daze
Author: Alison Winward
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 140
Release: 2017-08-30
ISBN: 0244929459
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Burmese Daze Book Excerpt:

THE Prime Minister is under house arrest. The army is in charge. Spies are everywhere, and if you question the government there's a good chance you'll end up in jail. This is Burma in the mid-2000s and Alison Winward is there. But even in such tough times, she finds, there is more to Burma than misery. There's the people, of course - resourceful, resilient, resistant. And then there are the 'sights' - the explosive popcorn factory, a monastery's "jumping cats" and ways of donating to the pagoda that can probably best be described as poetry in motion, to name just a few. Burma has changed in recent years. This book offers a glimpse of how the country was when those changes were little more than a distant dream.