Sacred Sites of Burma

Sacred Sites of Burma
Author: Donald Martin Stadtner
Publsiher: River Books Press Dist A C
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 9789749863602
ISBN 13: 9749863607
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Sites of Burma Book Review:

The sacred sites of Burma are amongst the most beautiful and spectacular in all of Asia. However, the fame and sacredness of these holy places rests almost solely on the myths and legends that surround their founding and the origins of their relics. These Buddhist tales can arise and evolve with astounding speed and creativity drawing on a variety of sources ranging from local folklore to Sri Lankan chronicles. This book uncovers the evidence for and traces the development of these intricate myths across a wide spectrum of sacred sites ranging from Yangon and the Mon State in Lower Burma to Pagan and Mandalay in Upper Burma as well as considering the areas of Shan influence around Inle lake. The author illustrates how sacred sites can emerge with remarkable frequency even in our own time with only those that possess myths catching the imagination of the Buddhist faithful having any chance of long term survival. This book represents an essential read for anyone interested in the development of Buddhism in its many aspects, be they its art, archaeology, history or belief.

Hard Travel to Sacred Places

Hard Travel to Sacred Places
Author: Rudolph Wurlitzer
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 176
Release: 1995-09-11
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UCSC:32106014596396
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hard Travel to Sacred Places Book Review:

On a journey through Southeast Asia, a writer discovers the survival of age-old truths in a world gone mad. "A brilliant corrective to euphemistic travel writing and a profound look at the spiritual life under duress... Wurlitzer sets a new standard of truth for the widening crowd of those who would write about the spiritual life." - San Francisco Chronicle "A dark jewel, sharp and compact...what a rare thing Wurlitzer has written: a book of spirit that cuts to the bone." - Voice Literary Supplement "Favorite 25 books of 1994"

Buddhist Art of Myanmar

Buddhist Art of Myanmar
Author: Sylvia Fraser-Lu,Donald Martin Stadtner
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-01-01
ISBN 10: 0300209452
ISBN 13: 9780300209457
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhist Art of Myanmar Book Review:

A stunning showcase of exceptional and rare works of Buddhist art, presented to the international community for the first time The practice of Buddhism in Myanmar (Burma) has resulted in the production of dazzling objects since the 5th century. This landmark publication presents the first overview of these magnificent works of art from major museums in Myanmar and collections in the United States, including sculptures, paintings, textiles, and religious implements created for temples and monasteries, or for personal devotion. Many of these pieces have never before been seen outside of Myanmar. Accompanied by brilliant color photography, essays by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Donald M. Stadtner, and scholars from around the world synthesize the history of Myanmar from the ancient through colonial periods and discuss the critical links between religion, geography, governance, historiography, and artistic production. The authors examine the multiplicity of styles and techniques throughout the country, the ways Buddhist narratives have been conveyed through works of art, and the context in which the diverse objects were used. Certain to be the essential resource on the subject, Buddhist Art of Myanmar illuminates two millennia of rarely seen masterpieces.

Hard Travel to Sacred Places

Hard Travel to Sacred Places
Author: Rudolph Wurlitzer
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 176
Release: 1995
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:1035103122
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hard Travel to Sacred Places Book Review:

A travelogue and journey of personal exploration amongst the sacred sites of Thailand, Burma and Cambodia.

Myanmar Burma since the 1988 Uprising

Myanmar  Burma  since the 1988 Uprising
Author: Andrew Selth
Publsiher: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
Total Pages: 370
Release: 2022-01-24
ISBN 10: 9814951781
ISBN 13: 9789814951784
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Myanmar Burma since the 1988 Uprising Book Review:

Updated by popular demand, this is the fourth edition of this important bibliography. It lists a wide selection of works on or about Myanmar published in English and in hard copy since the 1988 pro-democracy uprising, which marked the beginning of a new era in Myanmar’s modern history. There are now 2,727 titles listed. They have been written, edited, translated or compiled by over 2,000 people, from many different backgrounds. These works have been organized into thirty-five subject chapters containing ninety-five discrete sections. There are also four appendices, including a comprehensive reading guide for those unfamiliar with Myanmar or who may be seeking guidance on particular topics. This book is an invaluable aid to officials, scholars, journalists, armchair travellers and others with an interest in this fascinating but deeply troubled country.

Directory of Sacred Places

Directory of Sacred Places
Author: Timothy Whittaker
Publsiher: Timothy Whittaker
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2006-01-01
ISBN 10: 0977044017
ISBN 13: 9780977044016
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Directory of Sacred Places Book Review:

This book contains a comprehensive list of Sacred Places from around the world.

Sacred Places Around the World

Sacred Places Around the World
Author: Brad Olsen
Publsiher: CCC Publishing
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2004-02-01
ISBN 10: 1888729317
ISBN 13: 9781888729313
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Places Around the World Book Review:

World travelers and armchair tourists who want to explore the mythology and archaeology of the ruins, sanctuaries, mountains, lost cities, and temples of ancient civilizations will find this guide ideal. Detailed here are the monuments and sites where ancient peoples once gathered to perform sacred rituals and ceremonies to worship various gods and to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Important archaeological, historical, and geological destinations worldwide are profiled, from the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the Forbidden City in China to the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Mount Shasta in California. Sites are described in historical and cultural context, and practical contemporary travel information is provided, including detailed maps, drawings, photographs, and travel directions.

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places
Author: Norbert Brockman
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 681
Release: 2011-09-13
ISBN 10: 159884654X
ISBN 13: 9781598846546
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places Book Review:

This thoroughly revised and updated encyclopedia documents the diversity of shrines, temples, holy places, and pilgrimage sites sacred to the world's major religious traditions, and illustrates their elemental place in human culture.

Splendour of Buddhism in Burma

Splendour of Buddhism in Burma
Author: Pascal Christel
Publsiher: Partridge Publishing Singapore
Total Pages: 468
Release: 2020-10-18
ISBN 10: 1543758177
ISBN 13: 9781543758177
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Splendour of Buddhism in Burma Book Review:

SPLENDOUR OF BUDDHISM IN BURMA A JOURNEY TO THE GOLDEN LAND BY PASCAL CHRISTEL An illustrated book offers a wide-ranging overview of Buddhism in Myanmar. Having been struck by the wonder and visual magnificence of Myanmar (Burma) during his travels there in 2015, Christel was inspired to write this work exploring the intricacies of the land, which, as he points out, has yet to be completely overrun with tourists. Visitors may find the place difficult to understand in any case, the author explains: “This is not a simple issue of democracy versus military junta. The practice of Theravada Buddhism for almost 90 per cent of the population includes some fatalism in order to reach nirvana.” Although Christel’s volume looks at a broad spectrum of the country’s life and art, the main focus here is on the many sects and flavors of Buddhism and the various ways the religion intertwines itself with all levels of society. Buddhism, the author writes, “is all over, sovereign in the behavior of people, their way of life, their kindness, and their beliefs, but also in the art and architecture.” That architecture in all its variety forms the heart of his book and is brought alive in a profusion of prints, ancient illustrations, and hundreds of original images by assorted photographers. Christel explores dozens of the nation’s art forms, from pottery and lacquer work to ancient manuscripts and various architectural styles. He explains everything with an assured combination of enthusiasm and knowledge, whether he’s writing about a tiny, obscure shrine perched on stilts off some little-visited waterway or an elaborate temple complex. The energy in tackling all of these details never flags; the author is always excited about the next discovery. “Burma is a treasure and a delight,” he writes. “One’s eyes are never at rest, and one must have the camera always ready for a shot.” Readers, whether they’ve been to Myanmar or not, will feel as if they’ve trekked all over the country with a friendly, knowledgeable guide. A comprehensive, engrossing, and splendidly illustrated guide to the Buddhist art and architecture of Myanmar. Review Program: KIRKUS INDIE Categories: ART & PHOTOGRAPHY | PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

A Heritage of Ruins

A Heritage of Ruins
Author: William R. Chapman
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2013-07-31
ISBN 10: 0824837932
ISBN 13: 9780824837938
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Heritage of Ruins Book Review:

The ancient ruins of Southeast Asia have long sparked curiosity and romance in the world’s imagination. They appear in accounts of nineteenth-century French explorers, as props for Indiana Jones’ adventures, and more recently as the scene of Lady Lara Croft’s fantastical battle with the forces of evil. They have been featured in National Geographic magazine and serve as backdrops for popular television travel and reality shows. Now William Chapman’s expansive new study explores the varied roles these monumental remains have played in the histories of Southeast Asia’s modern nations. Based on more than fifteen years of travel, research, and visits to hundreds of ancient sites, A Heritage of Ruins shows the close connection between “ruins conservation” and both colonialism and nation building. It also demonstrates the profound impact of European-derived ideas of historic and aesthetic significance on ancient ruins and how these continue to color the management and presentation of sites in Southeast Asia today. Angkor, Pagan (Bagan), Borobudur, and Ayutthaya lie at the center of this cultural and architectural tour, but less visited sites, including Laos’s stunning Vat Phu, the small temple platforms of Malaysia’s Lembah Bujang Valley, the candi of the Dieng Plateau in Java, and the ruins of Mingun in Burma and Wiang Kum Kam near Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, are also discussed. All share a relative isolation from modern urban centers of population, sitting in park-like settings, serving as objects of tourism and as lynchpins for local and even national economies. Chapman argues that these sites also remain important to surrounding residents, both as a means of income and as continuing sources of spiritual meaning. He examines the complexities of heritage efforts in the context of present-day expectations by focusing on the roles of both outside and indigenous experts in conservation and management and on attempts by local populations to reclaim their patrimony and play a larger role in protection and interpretation. Tracing the history of interventions aimed at halting time’s decay, Chapman provides a chronicle of conservation efforts over a century and a half, highlighting the significant part foreign expertise has played in the region and the ways that national programs have, in recent years, begun to break from earlier models. The book ends with suggestions for how Southeast Asian managers and officials might best protect their incomparable heritage of art and architecture and how this legacy might be preserved for future generations.

Asian Sacred Natural Sites

Asian Sacred Natural Sites
Author: Bas Verschuuren,Naoya Furuta
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2016-08-12
ISBN 10: 1317384679
ISBN 13: 9781317384670
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Asian Sacred Natural Sites Book Review:

Nature conservation planning tends to be driven by models based on Western norms and science, but these may not represent the cultural, philosophical and religious contexts of much of Asia. This book provides a new perspective on the topic of sacred natural sites and cultural heritage by linking Asian cultures, religions and worldviews with contemporary conservation practices and approaches. The chapters focus on the modern significance of sacred natural sites in Asian protected areas with reference, where appropriate, to an Asian philosophy of protected areas. Drawn from over 20 different countries, the book covers examples of sacred natural sites from all of IUCN’s protected area categories and governance types. The authors demonstrate the challenges faced to maintain culture and support spiritual and religious governance and management structures in the face of strong modernisation across Asia. The book shows how sacred natural sites contribute to defining new, more sustainable and more equitable forms of protected areas and conservation that reflect the worldviews and beliefs of their respective cultures and religions. The book contributes to a paradigm-shift in conservation and protected areas as it advocates for greater recognition of culture and spirituality through the adoption of biocultural conservation approaches.

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places 2nd Edition 2 volumes

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places  2nd Edition  2 volumes
Author: Norbert C. Brockman
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 681
Release: 2011-09-13
ISBN 10: 1598846558
ISBN 13: 9781598846553
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Sacred Places 2nd Edition 2 volumes Book Review:

Now thoroughly revised and updated, this encyclopedia documents the diversity of shrines, temples, holy places, and pilgrimage sites sacred to the world's major religious traditions, and illustrates their elemental place in human culture. • Over 300 A–Z entries covering sites and pilgrimages sacred to the world's major religious traditions • Illustrative photographs and maps • A glossary of relevant terms • Appendices listing sites by country, faith tradition, and placement in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites

Historical Dictionary of Burma Myanmar

Historical Dictionary of Burma  Myanmar
Author: Donald M. Seekins
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 684
Release: 2017-03-27
ISBN 10: 1538101831
ISBN 13: 9781538101834
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Historical Dictionary of Burma Myanmar Book Review:

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar) contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.

Buddhist Monuments And Temples Of Myanmar And Thailand

Buddhist Monuments And Temples Of Myanmar And Thailand
Author: W. Vivian De Thabrew
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 116
Release: 2014-03-11
ISBN 10: 1491896221
ISBN 13: 9781491896228
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhist Monuments And Temples Of Myanmar And Thailand Book Review:

This is a mainly pictorial work, featuring recent color photographs taken by the author of the many different styles and features of Buddhist images, stupas, or pagodas found in two of the most prominent Buddhist countries in Asia. Accompanying the photographs is the text describing the magnificent architectural heritage of Buddhism and also explaining the origin and development of the images and stupas. The photographs attempt to exhibit the physical expression of one of the world’s major religions, which now has many adherents in the West as well as in the East. These Buddhist sites now attract many thousands of visitors, both pilgrims and tourists, all year round. This book showcases the most prominent sites for both the visitor and the armchair traveler. This is the second in the author’s series of books on Buddhist architecture and iconography. He is, at present, working on a third volume, Buddhist Monuments and Temples of Cambodia and Laos.

Buddhism Illuminated

Buddhism Illuminated
Author: San San May,Jana Igunma
Publsiher: University of Washington Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-05-01
ISBN 10: 0295744499
ISBN 13: 9780295744490
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhism Illuminated Book Review:

Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia are centers for the preservation of local artistic traditions. Chief among these are manuscripts, a vital source for our understanding of Buddhist ideas and practices in the region. They are also a beautiful art form, too little understood in the West. The British Library has one of the richest collections of Southeast Asian manuscripts, principally from Thailand and Burma, anywhere in the world. It includes finely painted copies of Buddhist scriptures, literary works, historical narratives, and works on traditional medicine, law, cosmology, and fortune-telling. Buddhism Illuminated includes over one hundred examples of Buddhist art from the Library�s collection, relating each manuscript to Theravada tradition and beliefs, and introducing the historical, artistic, and religious contexts of their production. It is the first book in English to showcase the beauty and variety of Buddhist manuscript art and reproduces many works that have never before been photographed.

Architectural Conservation in Asia

Architectural Conservation in Asia
Author: John H. Stubbs,Robert G. Thomson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 598
Release: 2016-11-10
ISBN 10: 1317406184
ISBN 13: 9781317406181
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Architectural Conservation in Asia Book Review:

At a time when organized heritage protection in Asia is developing at a rapid pace, Architectural Conservation in Asia provides the first comprehensive overview of architectural conservation practice from Afghanistan to the Philippines. The country-by-country analysis adopted by the book draws out local insights, experiences, best practice and solutions for effective cultural heritage management that will inform study and practice both in Asia and beyond. Whereas architectural conservation in much of the Western world has been extensively documented, this book brings together coverage of many regions where architectural conservation has been understudied. Following on from the highly influential companion volumes on global architectural conservation and architectural conservation in Europe and the Americas, with this book the authors extend their pioneering global examination to the dynamic and evolving field of architectural conservation in Asia. Throughout the book, the authors and regional experts provide local case studies and profile topics that bring depth and insight to this ambitious study. As architectural conservation becomes increasingly global in practice, this book will be of considerable assistance to architectural conservation practitioners, site managers and students of architecture, planning, archaeology and heritage studies worldwide.

Sacred Places

Sacred Places
Author: Brad Olsen
Publsiher: CCC Publishing
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9781888729023
ISBN 13: 1888729023
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Places Book Review:

A travel guide to the world's most sacred locales offers travel tips and detailed maps to the Great Pyramid, Easter Island, the Himalayas, Ayers Rock, Chaco Canyon, Jericho, Delphi, Stonehenge, and Mayan ruins, among other sites of spiritual importance. Original.

The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Heritage in The Asia Pacific

The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Heritage in The Asia Pacific
Author: Kapila D. Silva,Ken Taylor,David S. Jones
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 580
Release: 2022-07-29
ISBN 10: 1000604578
ISBN 13: 9781000604573
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Heritage in The Asia Pacific Book Review:

The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Heritage in the Asia-Pacific revisits the use, growth, and potential of the cultural landscape methodology in the conservation and management of culture-nature heritage in the Asia-Pacific region. Taking both a retrospective and prospective view of the management of cultural heritage in the region, this volume argues that the plurality and complexity of heritage in the region cannot be comprehensively understood and effectively managed without a broader conceptual framework like the cultural landscape approach. The book also demonstrates that such an approach facilitates the development of a flexible strategy for heritage conservation. Acknowledging the effects of rapid socio-economic development, globalization, and climate change, contributors examine the pressure these issues place on the sustenance of cultural heritage. Including chapters from more than 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, the volume reviews the effectiveness of theoretical and practical potentials afforded by the cultural landscape approach and examines how they have been utilized in the Asia-Pacific context for the last three decades. The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Heritage in the Asia-Pacific provides a comprehensive analysis of the processes of cultural landscape heritage conservation and management. As a result, it will be of interest to academics, students, and professionals who are based in the fields of cultural heritage management, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and landscape management.

The Buddha s Wizards

The Buddha s Wizards
Author: Thomas Nathan Patton
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-10-16
ISBN 10: 0231547374
ISBN 13: 9780231547376
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Buddha s Wizards Book Review:

Wizards with magical powers to heal the sick, possess the bodies of their followers, and defend their tradition against outside threats are far from the typical picture of Buddhism. Yet belief in wizard-saints who protect their devotees and intervene in the world is widespread among Burmese Buddhists. The Buddha’s Wizards is a historically informed ethnographic study that explores the supernatural landscape of Buddhism in Myanmar to explain the persistence of wizardry as a form of lived religion in the modern era. Thomas Nathan Patton explains the world of wizards, spells, and supernatural powers in terms of both the broader social, political, and religious context and the intimate roles that wizards play in people’s everyday lives. He draws on affect theory, material and visual culture, long-term participant observation, and the testimonies of the devout to show how devotees perceive the protective power of wizard-saints. Patton considers beliefs and practices associated with wizards to be forms of defending Buddhist traditions from colonial and state power and culturally sanctioned responses to restrictive gender roles. The book also offers a new lens on the political struggles and social transformations that have taken place in Myanmar in recent years. Featuring close attention to the voices of individual wizard devotees and the wizards themselves, The Buddha’s Wizards provides a striking new look at a little-known aspect of Buddhist belief that helps expand our ways of thinking about the daily experience of lived religious practices.

Burmese Daze

Burmese Daze
Author: Alison Winward
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 140
Release: 2017-08-30
ISBN 10: 0244929459
ISBN 13: 9780244929459
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Burmese Daze Book Review:

THE Prime Minister is under house arrest. The army is in charge. Spies are everywhere, and if you question the government there's a good chance you'll end up in jail. This is Burma in the mid-2000s and Alison Winward is there. But even in such tough times, she finds, there is more to Burma than misery. There's the people, of course - resourceful, resilient, resistant. And then there are the 'sights' - the explosive popcorn factory, a monastery's "jumping cats" and ways of donating to the pagoda that can probably best be described as poetry in motion, to name just a few. Burma has changed in recent years. This book offers a glimpse of how the country was when those changes were little more than a distant dream.