Domestic Mandala: Architecture of Lifeworlds in Nepalby John Gray
Pub. Date: 06/30/2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
A rich and fascinating ethnography of domestic architecture and activities among the high caste Chhetris of Kholagaun in Nepal, this book focuses on the spatial organization, everyday activities and ritual performances that generate and display Chhetri houses as 'mandalas', sacred diagrams that are both maps of the cosmos and machines for revelation. 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.
- Taylor & Francis
- Publication date:
- Anthropology and Cultural History in Asia and the Indo-Pacific Series
- Product dimensions:
- 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Table of ContentsContents: 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 creation of domestic space; The revelatory house: dwelling in the domestic Mandala; The matrimonial house: ritual appropriation of domestic space; Conclusion: architechne; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
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