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Introduction to Balinese Architecture (Periplus Asian Architecture)
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For the Balinese, everything has its correct place in the world, with the gods on high, malevolent spirits in the lowest regions, and mankind sandwiched between the two. This cosmological framework influences not only the domestic architecture of the Balinese but also their palaces and pavilions-and the myriad of temples which are scattered throughout the island. Rank and social status, the needs of the village and of the extended family, and the tropical climate also play a part.
This book is intended to provide the visitor to Bali with a step-by-step guide to the complexities of Balinese domestic and religious architecture. The Balinese belief system, rituals associated with building, building materials and construction techniques, and the intricate ornamentation of buildings are among the topics covered. Watercolor illustrations of panoramas, important sites, building types, design concepts, and construction techniques complement a concise, informative text and help to elucidate the meaning of many of the places that visitors will see during a stay on the island.
Book News Annotation:
A Singapore-based freelance writer explains how Balinese buildings—shown in color illustrations—are structured by religious beliefs, social status, climate, and other factors. Originally published in separate volumes as Balinese Architecture and Balinese Temples in 1999. Distributed by Tuttle. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This work is intended to provide the visitor to Bali with a step-by-step guide to the complexities of Balinese domestic and religious architecture. An overview of Asian architecture in its historical and cultural context is provided and the book begins with a discussion of prehistoric dwellings.
A comprehensive look at the layout, design, construction, and iconography of Balinese architecture with special attention to the influences of culture and cosmology
About the Author
Julian Davison grew up in Singapore and Malaysia, but was educated in England where he earned a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. He currently lives in Singapore where he is a freelance writer, editor, and illustrator.
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