By John Falconer, Elizabeth Moore, Alfred Birnbaum, Daniel Hahrs
Burmese layout, seriously stimulated by means of its proximity to China and India, is a many-layered factor, interwoven with religious, spiritual and political messages. Burmese layout & structure takes an in-depth examine the total span of Burmese layout, from arts and crafts to either spiritual and secular structure. With over 500 full-color images and professional insights supplied through prime archaeological experts, this can be a must-have for severe connoisseurs of structure, layout or Burma itself.
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The brothers, after many adventures, arrived safely in Rangoon with the relics. A chamber was prepared and they w ere placed in a cave deep within the Shwedagon Hill. D 1. The Shwedagon's main stupa rises 100 metres above the pagoda platform. Smaller stu· pas and single-celled shrines cluster at its foot. Images of the Buddha and guardian animals are found on eight planetary post s around the base, each associated wit h a direction a nd a day of the week. ) Above the base are the plinth, three square terraces, octagonal tiers, the bell, rings, lotus, banana bud, and hti (umbrella-like top of the stupa).
In addition to these court structures were the houses of the people. Beyond the walls of Bagan, vi llages of farmers and fishermen stretched out to the horizon. Today- as then-the homes are elegant structures hoisted above the ground on a series of posts. What first catches the eye is the dominance of the roof as an architectural element. Steeply pitched and simply constructed, its pattern is repeated on all the homes of the village. A closer look shows a three-tiered structure built of wood, bamboo, and thatch, perhaps mirrorin g the realms of heaven, earth and hell.
At the far end the tiered roof the pyat-that marks the main shrine room of the monastery, the hpaya-saung. 5. The massive Bagaya kyaung is crowned by the multiple tiers of a pyat-that. 40 Religious Architecture Amarapura T he religious architecture of Ava, Amarapura, Mingun and Sagaing is less well known than that of Bagan, but form s a rich and distinct heritage spanning the 14th-19th centuries. Located on the west bank of the Irrawaddy River, Amarapura is literally called city (pura) of immortality (amara) .