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The Hindu Temple: An Introduction to Its Meaning and Forms 1st Edition

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About the Author

George Michell is the author of Architecture of the Islamic World, Brick Temples of Bengal, and The Penguin Guide to the Monuments of India, Volume I. A native of Australia, he earned a Ph.D. in Indian archeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (September 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226532305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226532301
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is great for those who want an in depth look at Hindu philosophy and the place of temples within it. It's a bit scanty on cultural practices and rituals - that is not the book's aim. It does a wonderful job of explaining things so that a Westerner (like me) can understand. It is, however, a very heavy book. It is certainly not light bed time reading like a National Geographic would be. :)
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This is a textbook introducing the architectural student to the Hindu temple. The author is methodical first reviewing the long standing features of the Hindu temple, which is a focal point in worship, in terms of art, architecture, and theology. The Hindu world view and the belief system has to be understood before looking at the technical and stylistic aspects of architecture, which itself is evolving.

With over a hundred illustrations and drawings, the author does his best to instruct. With a publisher that specializes in illustrations, such as Dorling Kindersley this book might have been elevated to an emotional experience, nevertheless, what we have is praiseworthy.
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Michell is an extremely careful and conscientious chronicler of this difficult, dense subject. He writes unusually well - absolutely clear English - and makes his way through a wide array of topics. Invaluable to the student of the subject.
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