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Abodes of Memory: Sacred Architecture and Collective Remembrance in Ladakh

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2015
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The religious architecture of Ladakh, India, reflects a rich multicultural history defined by bodily practices of remembrance performed on an individual and collective basis. The focus of my research is to understand how the religious community of Ladakh enshrines memories and traditions within their mosques and temples. In particular, I examine how literally constructed spaces can act as a superstructure to which memories can attach. Using as a point of reference Paul Connerton’s work on social bodily practices in How Societies Remember (1989), I conducted interviews with members of the Ladakhi community to explore the idea of architecture as a focal point of remembrance. By examining the entwined processes of layering memories and constructing traditions, I hope to better understand how experiential and collective memories contribute to the construction of these Ladakhi spaces as sacred.
Title: Abodes of Memory: Sacred Architecture and Collective Remembrance in Ladakh.
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Name(s): Benedict, Skylar
Fewkes, Jacqueline H.
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Date Created: Spring 2015
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Florida
Physical Form: pdf
Extent: 129 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The religious architecture of Ladakh, India, reflects a rich multicultural history defined by bodily practices of remembrance performed on an individual and collective basis. The focus of my research is to understand how the religious community of Ladakh enshrines memories and traditions within their mosques and temples. In particular, I examine how literally constructed spaces can act as a superstructure to which memories can attach. Using as a point of reference Paul Connerton’s work on social bodily practices in How Societies Remember (1989), I conducted interviews with members of the Ladakhi community to explore the idea of architecture as a focal point of remembrance. By examining the entwined processes of layering memories and constructing traditions, I hope to better understand how experiential and collective memories contribute to the construction of these Ladakhi spaces as sacred.
Identifier: FA00003638 (IID)
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2016.
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