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Author Gray, John N., 1945-

Title Domestic mandala : architecture of lifeworlds in Nepal / by John Gray
Published Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 163 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Anthropology and cultural history in Asia and the Indo-Pacific
Anthropology and cultural history in Asia and the Indo-Pacific.
Contents Introduction : domestic space, activities, and experience of the cosmos -- The sacred house : domestic space as mandala -- The auspicious house : materials, design, and orientation -- The constructed house : ritual construction of domestic space -- The revelatory house : dwelling in the domestic mandala -- The matrimonial house : ritual appropriation of domestic space -- Conclusion : Architechnē
Summary "Describing the orientation and layout of the Chhetri house and surrounding compound; it shows how the orientation and distribution of everyday social activities with the domestic mandala shape people's experience of the enigmas of their lifeworld as householders, and analyses the double significance of rituals that take place in the domestic mandala." "By treating the Nepali house as more than just the background of people's everyday life, the author reveals the Chhetri everyday lifeworld as a revelation of Hindu tantric cosmology, its enigmatic illusion, and the path to liberation from it. The themes addressed in the book make a unique contribution to the fields of anthropology, architecture and human geography."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-158) and index
Notes Restricted: Printing from this resource is governed by The Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations (UK) and UK copyright law currently in force. WlAbNL
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Subject Architecture and cosmology.
Chhetris -- Dwellings -- Nepal -- Kholagaun
Chhetris -- Nepal -- Kholagaun -- Social life and customs
Hindu cosmology.
Hinduism -- Nepal -- Kholagaun -- Rituals
Mandala -- Nepal -- Kholagaun
Form Electronic book
ISBN 135194312X