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Title: Genesis of stupas
Authors: Jaiswal S.
Agrawal, Avlokita
Raman G.
Gupta R.
Published in: Proceedings of the International Conference of Architectural Science Association
Abstract: Architecturally speaking, the earliest and most basic interpretation of stupa is nothing but a dust burial mound. However, the historic significance of this built form has evolved through time, as has its rudimentary structure. The massive dome-shaped “anda” form which has now become synonymous with the idea of this Buddhist shrine, is the result of years of cultural, social and geographical influences. The beauty of this typology of architecture lies in its intricate details, interesting motifs and immense symbolism, reflected and adapted in various local contexts across the world. Today, the word “stupa” is used interchangeably while referring to monuments such as pagodas, wat, etc. This paper is, therefore, an attempt to understand the ideology and the concept of a stupa, with a focus on tracing its history and transition over time. The main objective of the research is not just to understand the essence of the architectural and theological aspects of the traditional stupa but also to understand how geographical factors, advances in material, and local socio-cultural norms have given way to a much broader definition of this word, encompassing all forms, from a simplistic mound to grand, elaborate sanctums of great value to architecture and society as a whole. © 2019 and published by the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA).
Citation: Proceedings of the International Conference of Architectural Science Association, (2019), 205- 213
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Architectural Science Association
Keywords: Buddhist architecture
ISBN: 9.78E+12
ISSN: 22093850
Author Scopus IDs: 57218223990
Author Affiliations: Jaiswal, S., Indian Institue of Technology, Roorkee, India
Agrawal, A., Indian Institue of Technology, Roorkee, India
Raman, G., Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India
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