Buddhist Monastic Architecture in Sri Lanka: The Woodland Shrines
Little Attention Has Hitherto Been Given To The Role Of Timber Construction In Sri Lanka S Ancient Architecture, And Its Photo-Coverage Has Not Until Now Appeared In One Place. The Buildings Described Here Are Mostly Close To Folk Architecture But They Comprise An Important Part Of The Ancient Building Tradition Of Monsoon Asia An Immense Area That Includes Parts Of India, Nepal, Burma, Bali, And Japan, As Well As Sri Lanka Itself. Buddhist Monastic Architecture In Sri Lanka Makes A Permanent Contribution To South Asian Studies.The Authors Search Out The Ancient Picturesque Temples In The Central Hills. Guided By The Well-Known Scholar, Professor Seneviratna, The Book Centers On Colour Photographs Taken By Architect Polk During An Eight Month Sojourn In 1980-81. Both Archaeological And Architectural Expertise Thus Combine, And Added To This Is The Research Into The Writings Of Early Travelers, Researched By Emily Polk, Poet And Painter, Who Has Put The Threads Of History Of Those Adventurous Days Into A Dramatic Form.This Collaboration Is The Result Of Their Common Interest In The Ancient Architecture Of South Asia, And Is Written Hoping That Continuities From Past To Future May Be Maintained In These Troubled Present Times.In Sri Lanka There Are Forests Where Modern Ways Have Not Overwhelmed Tradition And Where The Old Wood Buildings Still Flicker In The Magic Of The Trees. Here Is The Drama Of The Land And Its People: The Stream ;Of Pure Notes From An Invisible Flautist, The First Glimpse Of Adam S Peak, The Romantic Narrative Of The Sacred Tooth Kept Secret For 900 Years Before Emerging In Serendib. And Then Kandy, Where High On The Island The Winds From The Bay Of Bengal And The Indian Ocean Are On A Collision Course And The Sensation Of Colours, Movements And Light Is Electrifying. So, We Believe, Is This Book.
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Cities of the Old Kingdom
The Kandy Fortress
In the Cool Mountain Air
Temples on Sacred Stones
The Inner Circle
Epilogue A Days Life in Kandy by Emily Polk
17th century Alutnuwara ambalama Anuradha Anuradhapura architecture Asia Audience Hall Badulla beams beautiful birds Bo-tree Bogoda brick bridge British Buddha Buddhist building built carved centre century Ceylon Colombo colour columns courtyard dagoba dark door Dutch eaves elephants Fa-Hsien feet flowers foot forest Gadaladeniya Galmaduwa garden gedige hills Homage to Ancient Ibn Batuta image house India island jungle Kandy Town Kandyan Kolambagama lake land Lankatilaka looked miles monk monkeys Monsoon mountains Natha Devale night Old Kingdoms Padeniya painted Perahera pillars plains plinth Polk Polonnaruwa Portuguese Rajasinha Ratnapura Ridi Vihara river road rock round Sacred Tooth sail sanctum shrine side sikhara Sinhala Sinhalese slope South Indians space Sri Lanka Sri Vikrama Rajasinha steep steps stone storeys structure stupa temple Tooth Relic trade tradition trees tropical valley Vedda verandah Vikramabahu village walk walls wild wood roof
Building for South Asia: an architectural autobiography
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