Sacred architecture reflects a societys awareness of its relationship with the divine and is thus a powerful expression of the human quest for spirituality. This book is a vivid, richly illustrated exploration of the symbolism and significance ofMoreSacred architecture reflects a societys awareness of its relationship with the divine and is thus a powerful expression of the human quest for spirituality. This book is a vivid, richly illustrated exploration of the symbolism and significance of sacred architectural forms from spires and minarets to pyramids and temples and of how different cultures translate their complex beliefs into physical structures.In an authoritative and thoroughly accessible text, the authors explain the links between cosmologies and the construction of buildings, and describe the activities of worship, sacrifice and performance within sacred spaces.
The focus ranges widely to show a representative selection of the worlds most fascinating sacred buildings, from prehistoric stone circles and Buddhist temples to European cathedrals and New Guinea meeting-houses.The reference section at the back of the book explains the construction techniques behind sacred architecture and analyzes essential forms such as arches, vaults and domes.Caroline Humphrey is Director of Studies in Social Anthropology at Kings College, University of Cambridge, England.
Since obtaining her Doctorate, she has pursued a distinguished academic career. Her publications include Culture and Environment in Inner Asia (1996).Dr Piers Vitebsky studied ancient languages before becoming an anthropologist. He is currently Head of Anthropology and Russian Northern Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England. For 25 years he has carried out fieldwork in tribal India, Sri Lanka and the Siberian Arctic.
His latest publications include Dialogues with the Dead(1993) and The Shaman (DBP, 2001).