Buddhas of Burma

Buddhas of Burma

by Jean-Pierre Grandjean
     
 

With more than two thousand years of Buddhist history, Burma (the country now called Myanmar) is heir to one of the richest traditions of Buddhist art in the world—images of the Buddha are almost everywhere one turns, from huge monumental statues to tiny votive figures. Jean-Pierre Grandjean's stunning photo essay is a compact tour of the Buddha images of

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With more than two thousand years of Buddhist history, Burma (the country now called Myanmar) is heir to one of the richest traditions of Buddhist art in the world—images of the Buddha are almost everywhere one turns, from huge monumental statues to tiny votive figures. Jean-Pierre Grandjean's stunning photo essay is a compact tour of the Buddha images of Burma from every period and region.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
From the Mayan ruins of Tikal to the Aztec ruins of Peru, and from the pyramids of Egypt to the crumbling walls of Angkor Wat runs the path traced by the spiritual tourist--The Gringo Trail expanded. Each year these sites attract a parade of Germans and Australians and Americans, perhaps searching for something more authentic and moving than the consumer societies that spawned them. French photographer Grandjean's photo essay of the Buddhas of Myanmar (as Burma was renamed in 1989) demonstrates he knows the Southeast Asian part of the trail well--this is one of two books he's completed on it. He charts decaying sacred places and lush vegetation from a variety of angles, using both color and black-and-white film and both clear and smoky focus. This portfolio of Buddhist sites shows lesser-known ruins, gilded pagodas, mirror-encrusted walls and many, many Buddha figures, but with no captions, browsers may feel as if they're floating amidst contextless, dreamy visions of the exotic East. Still, these places are inherently beautiful, and Grandjean appreciates them deeply; his pictures of ancient worlds are in many ways accomplished and sensitive, and perfect for a traveler returned. (Oct. 15) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781590300022
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
10/29/2002
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 5.82(h) x 0.42(d)

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