Visualizing Space in Banaras: Images, Maps, and the Practice of Representation
Martin Gaenszle, Jörg Gengnagel
Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2006 - History - 358 pages
The city of Banaras is widely known as a unique, impressive and particularly ancient historical place. But for many it is above all a universal, cosmic, and in a sense timeless sacred space. Both of these seemingly contrasting depictions contribute to how the city is experienced by its inhabitants or visitors, and there is a great variety of sometimes competing views: Kasi the Luminous, the ancient Crossing, the city of Death, the place of Hindu-Muslim encounter and syncretism, the cosmopolitan centre of learning, etc. The present volume deals with the multiple ways this urban site is visualized, imagined, and culturally represented by different actors and groups. The forms of visualizations are manifold and include buildings, paintings, drawings, panoramas, photographs, traditional and modern maps, as well as verbal and mental images. The major focus will thus be on visual media, which are of special significance for the representation of space. But this cannot be divorced from other forms of expressions which are part of the local life-world ("Lebenswelt"). The contributions look at local as well as exogenous constructions of the rich topography of Kasi and show that these imaginations and constructions are not static but always embedded in social and cultural practices of representation, often contested and never complete.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Social Practice and Everyday Life
Ravi S Singh and Rana P B Singh
Sunthar Visuvalingam and Elizabeth ChalierVisuvalingam
Joachim K Bautze
Sandria B Freitag
Martin Gaenszle in collaboration with Nutandhar Sharma
Other editions - View all
19th century aniconic Annapurna Aurangzeb Banaras Benares Bhairava Bharat Mata Bharat Mata Mandir Bourne Brahmans British Cartography celebration centre Citraghanta colonial cosmic cremation ground cultural DehalTvinayaka deities Delhi depicted devotees DevT DhobT Durga edition festival Gariga GaurTs Gengnagel Ghat GhazT Miya goddess Gupta Hariscandra Hindi Hindu Hinduism holy identity illustration Islam James Prinsep Kailasanatha Kashi KasT KasTkhanda KatyayanT krosa Krsnacandra ksetra Lat Bhairo lithograph located London Lucknow Madhyamesvara Maharaja Mahavidyas Manikarnika map of India marga marriage Matrkas modern Mosque mother Muslim names nation nationalist Navadurga Navaratri Nepali Newar Niels Gutschow PancakrosT PancakrosTyatra panorama photographs pilgrimage pilgrims pillar pradaksina Prasad present printed published Rana religious representation represented ritual river Rousselet route sacred city sacrifice SailaputrT Saktis Sanskrit Sarma shrine Singh Siva Skandapurana social space spatial Sukula Suman symbolic temple territory tradition Varanasi Vetalas visual Visuvalingam woodcut worship YoginTs