Candi, space and landscape : a study on the distribution, orientation and spatial organization of Central Javanese temple remains

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Candi, space and landscape : a study on the distribution, orientation and spatial organization of Central Javanese temple remains

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Candi, space and landscape : a study on the distribution, orientation and spatial organization of Central Javanese temple remains
Author: Degroot, Véronique Myriam Yvonne
Publisher: Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Indonesie, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2009-05-06
Keywords: Southeast Asian archaeology
Hindu-Buddhist period
Hindu architecture
Landscape
Spatial analysis
Abstract: Central Javanese temples were not built anywhere and anyhow, quite the contrary: their position within the landscape and their architectural design was determined by a series of socio-cultural, religious and economical factors. Correlations between temple distribution, natural surroundings and architectural design provide valuable clues as to how Central Javanese people structured the space around them, and how the religious landscape thus created developed. This thesis reveals the main traits of land occupancy during the Central Javanese period (late 8th to early 10th centuries): a core agricultural region, a series of secondary centres, an extensive communication network, and several religious centres – sometimes relatively isolated. It also explores the relationship between temples and landscape, and assess the role played by specific landscape markers on the choice of a building site. Beyond the questions of territory and landscape, the present work also offers a reflection on the structure of the built space and its possible relations with conceptualized space, showing the inlfuence of imported Indian concepts – as well as their limits.
Description: Promotor: B. Arps, Co-promotor: M.J. Klokke
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Degroot, V.M.Y., 2009, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Sponsor: NWO, Gonda Foundation.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/13781
 

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