The temple as a metaphor for the journey within

Croker, Alan (2008) The temple as a metaphor for the journey within. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

This paper will explore the relationship between the tangible and intangible as it is expressed in the South Indian Hindu temple, and identify those aspects which embody and support this relationship. This will assist and inform future conservation and management. The Hindu temple is a three dimensional diagram of the subtle levels of existence, which takes us from the mundane world to the divinity embodied in a particular image or icon in the sanctum. It is a metaphor for the journey of the worshipper from this manifest world to the divinity within; a point of stillness beyond space and time, and beyond place. The place itself may be the physical locus for a particular aspect of the Absolute, but the realisation of that Absolute within oneself, is the ultimate aim of the temple. This is expressed in architecture, iconography, ritual and individual participation. Thus the temple in time and space (and therefore place) has its ultimate meaning beyond these limitations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Croker, AlanUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: Hindu temple; temples; tangible heritage; intangible heritage; sacred places
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 04. Social practices, rituals and festive events
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 07:08
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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