By John Falconer, Elizabeth Moore, Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, Alfred Birnbaum
The Burmese culture of structure, artwork and layout is historic, assorted and fantastically wealthy. a mirrored image of a civilization unbreached by way of ecu powers for 3,000 years and encouraged through China to the north and India to the West, Burmese layout is interwoven with religious, spiritual and political messages. it is just now that this practice is coming to be preferred via Western scholars of structure and design.Burmese layout and structure will deepen and increase that appreciation, for this can be the 1st publication to trap the full span of Burmese layout, from arts and crafts to structure, from the huge pagodas of Bagan to the architectural history of latest Rangoon. masking either spiritual and secular layout, this publication bargains professional insights supplied through top archaeological specialists during this box. With 500 full-color images, this can be a significant work-and vital for severe connoisseurs of structure, layout or Burma itself.
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The niches of each level contain the five types of mythical animals who guard the mythical Mount Meru. Today's visitor reaches Mingun on one of the small ferries that ply the Irrawaddy from Mandalay. It is a quiet, sleepy village, a respite from the city's bustle. The undulating arches, on seven terraces, circle the central stupa of the Hshinbyume pagoda. The upper zeidi takes its form from that of the Sulamani pagoda located at the summit of Mount Meru. The circular terraces of the Hshinbyume represent the seven ranges of mountains that encircle Mount Meru.
Remains of stupas, some dating back to the Bagan period, abound within the outer walls of Ava. While some are neglected, neighbouring stupas have profited from pious donations. For example, the shrine in the distance, and its fierce naga or serpent guarding the image of the Buddha, are all freshly painted. A large chinthe or mythical lion stands guard at the ancient city of Ava. Monks used the main prayer room of the Maha Aungmye Bonzan, the saung-ma-gyi for prayer and teaching. At the far end the tiered roof the pyat-that marks the main shrine room of the monastery, the hpaya-saung.
There are also planetary posts associated with different days of the week. A visit to the pagoda may include not only veneration of the central stupa but offerings made within a number of shrines and at one of the planetary posts. We cannot be certain, but this array of ritual locales probably characterized ancient pagoda compounds as well. Continuous traditions are also found in Burmese monastery architecture. Certain forms within the area of the monastery mirror those of the pagoda compound. Both monastery and temple may be crowned by a tiered roof, the pyat-that.
Burmese Design & Architecture by John Falconer, Elizabeth Moore, Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, Alfred Birnbaum