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The Hermit's Hut: Architecture and Asceticism in India / Ashraf, Kazi K.
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The Hermit's Hut: Architecture and Asceticism in India
Ashraf, Kazi K.
 
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  Book ID : 42870
  ISBN-10 : 93-81406-42-1 / 9381406421
  ISBN-13 : 978-93-81406-42-7 / 9789381406427
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2015
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  238p., B/W Illus., 25 cm.
   
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CONTENTS:-
1.1. Draupadi ratha, Mahabalipuram
1.2. Dharmaraja ratha, Mahabalipuram
1.3. Forest hermit in front of his panna sala, Rupar
1.4. Forest hut for a Brahmanical ascetic and an early Brahmanical dome and cornice shrine, Gandhara
1.5. From the leaf roof hut to double dome shrines
1.6. Shore temple, Mahabalipuram
1.7. Buddhist dome and cornice shrine, Gandhara
1.8. Buddhist shrine in dome and cornice form with caitya arch, Gandhara
1.9. The Buddha inside a dome and cornice structure, Gandhara
1.10. Brahmanic hermit in front of his hut, Mathura
1.11. The Buddha visiting a Brahmanic ascetic in a woven hut, Gandhara
1.12. Yogi in front of his hut
1.13. Siva visiting the saga vasista
1.14. Mughal emperor Akbar visiting the ascetic Baba Bilas
1.15. The Buddha seated in a tiered roof structure, Gandhara
1.16. Chashitsu, Kodaiji temple, Kyoto
1.17. Elevation of a chashitsu, Taikyo – an, Koetsuji temple, Kyoto
1.18. Bapukuti, Gandhi's hut in wardha, Nagpur
1.19. Interior of Bapukuti, Wardha, Nagpur
1.1. Seal from Mohenjo daro showing seated yogi
1.2. Standing ascetic, Nadan
1.3. The Buddha as a mahapurusa
1.4. Forest Scene of a hermit receiving a vistor, Chamba
1.5. Scene of Rama's journey through various hermitages
1.6. Brahmanical hermit in front of his panna-sala
1.7. Brahmanical ascetics sitting inside their hurts, Gandhara
1.8. Brahmanical ascetic Kasyapa in his hut, Gandhara
1.9. Hermit in front of his hut, Gandhara
1.10. Scene from a jataka tale showing ascetics around a fire, Goli
1.11. Scene of a forest hermitage belonging to Brahmanical ascetics, Sanci
1.12. Scene of a forest hermitage in a grove, virupaksa Temple, Pattadakal
1.13. The Buddha meeting Brahmanical hermits, Amaravati
2.1. Siddhartha in the palace, Gandhara
2.2. Siddhartha in preparing to leave home, Gandhara
2.3. Siddhartha emerges outside the city gate, Amaravati
2.4. Scene of the Great Departure, Jamal garhi
2.5. Representation of urban buildings, Bodh Gaya
2.6. Life in a place scene from a jataja story, Ajanta
2.7. Life in a place scene from a jataka story Ajanta
2.8. Rahula seeking paternal recognition, Cave 17,Ajanta
2.9. Scene of a Hindu marriage around a sacred fire Rajasthan
2.10. Structure of a pavilion, Ajanta
2.11. Viharas as cave dwellings, Cave 12, Ajanta
2.12. The Buddha sheltered by the naga king, Cambodia
2.13. The Buddha sheltered by the naga King, Cambodia
2.14. The Buddha protected by an acanthus leaf, Gandhara
3.1. Siddhartha meditating below the jambu tree Gandhara
3.2. Grass cutter offering grass for a mat to Siddhartha, Pagan
3.3. The Buddha in cave at Uruvela, Gandhara
3.4. Residences for the Buddha at Jetavana arama, Bharhut
3.5. Residences for the Buddha at Jetavana arama, Sanci
3.6. The Buddha's house in Jetavana, Kanganhalli
3.7. The Buddha inside a possible gandhakuti Mathura
3.8. Swans" circumambulating" the gandhakuti Mathura
3.9. The Buddha under a trabeated roof structure, Gandhara
3.10. The Buddha figure inside a Shrine structure, Gandhara
3.11. The Buddha in front of a hut and sujata making him an offering, Boroboudur
3.12. The Buddha seated in a chamber with a double roof, pagan
3.13. The two gandhakutis at Jetavana, Bharhut
3.14. The Buddha under a caitya-arch structure, Gandhara
3.15. Standing Buddha figures framed by caitya arch, Gandhara
3.16. Caitya arch inside the harmika of a stupa, Bharhut
3.17. Caitya arch inside the harmika of a stupa, Bharhut
3.18. Image of a bodhighara showing a caitya arch, Mathura
3.19. Queen Maya carrying the unborn Siddhartha in a caitya – Shaped palanquin, Gandhara
3.20. Triratna sheltered in a caitya arch, Gandhara
3.21. Donor with votive object shaped as a caitya, Gandhara
3.22. caitya arch as a framing device,Gandhara
3.23. The Buddha Seated under a tree canopy flanked by bodhisattvas, Gandhara
3.24. The Buddha with a mobile flower canopy, Gandhara
3.25. Fragments showing a floral canopy and woven parasol, Gandhara
3.26. The Buddha under a canopy of floral pendants, Gandhara
3.27. Harmika atop a votive stupa with caitya arch openings, Bhaja
4.1. The Buddha in bhumisparsha mudra, Magdha
4.2. The Buddha framed in a rectangular niche, Cave 19, Ajanta
4.3. The Buddha in an arched frame, Cave 6, Ajanta
4.4. The Buddha in a columned structure with a leaf roof dome, Gandhara
4.5. The Buddha in a trefoil arch, Gandhara
4.6. The Buddha in a trefoil arch, Gandhara
4.7. Narrative scene with buddhas and bodhisattvas inside various architectural frames, Gandhara
4.8. The Buddha inside a liner frame flanked by bodhisattva in arches, Gandhara
4.9. Three seated buddhas in a pillared structure, Gandhara
4.10. The Buddha under a "distended lintel" at the time of his first sermon, Gandhara
4.11. The Buddha under a "distended lintel" at the time of his first sermon, Gandhara
4.12. The Buddha under a "distended lintel" in a domed pavilion, Gandhara
4.13. Head of the Buddha, Gandhara
4.14. The Buddha with a high, pointed usnisa
4.15. Head of the Buddha with usnisa indicating a flame, Thailand
4.16. The Buddha with usnisa as an efflorescent tree, Orissa
4.17. Relief depicting a stupa with canopy like emanations from the harmika, Amaravati
5.1. Interior of Lomas Rishi Cave, Barabar Hills
5.2. Exterior of Lomas Rishi, Barabar Hills
5.3. Emaciated Siddhartha, Gandhara
5.4. Head of the fasting Buddha, Gandhara
5.5. Scene of the Buddha's tonsure, Pagan
5.6. Rama, Sita, and Lakhsman donning forest garb
5.7. Plans of various cave spaces
5.8. Interior of Sudama Cave, Barabar Hills
5.9. Interior showing stupa shrine, Kondivte
5.10. Exterior view of cave at Guntupalli
5.11. Exterior of caitya cave, Kondane
5.12. Plans of viharas, Ajanta
5.13. Facade and interior section of cave 9 Ajanta
6.1. Copperplate showing Buddhist caityas Mauryan period
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The Hermit's Hut offers an original insight into the profound relationship between architecture and asceticism. Although architecture continually responds to ascetic compulsions, as in its frequent encounter with the question of excess and less, it is typically considered separate from asceticism. In contrast, this innovative book explores the rich and mutual ways in which asceticism and architecture are played out in each other's practices. The questions of asceticism is also considered – as neither a religious discourse nor a specific cultural tradition but as a perennial issue in the practice of culture.

The work convincingly traces the influences from early Indian asceticism to Zen Buddhism to the Japanese teahouse the latter opining the door to modern minimalism. As the book's little suggests, the protagonist of the narrative is the nondescript hermit's hut. Relying primarily on Buddhist materials, the author provides a complex narrative that stems from this simple structure showing how the significance of the hut resonates widely and how the question of dwelling is central to ascetic imagination. In exploring the conjunctions of architecture and asceticism, he breaks new ground by presenting ascetic practice as fundamentally an architectural project, namely the fabrication of a "last" hut. Through the conception of the last hut, he looks at the ascetic challenge of arriving at the edge of civilization and its echoes in the architectural quest for minimalism. The most vivid example comes from a well known Buddhist text where the Buddha describes the ultimate ascetic moment, or nirvana, in cataclysmic terms using architectural metaphors: "The roof rafters will be shattered," the Buddha declares, and the architect will no longer build the house again," As the book compellingly shows, the physiological and spiritual transformation of the body is deeply intertwined with the art of building.

The Hermit's Hut weaves together the fields of architecture, anthropology religion and philosophy to offer multidisciplinary and historical insights. Written in an engaging and accessible manner, it will appeal to readers with diverse interests and in a variety of disciplines whether one is interested in the history of ascetic of "home" in ancient India, or the theme of the body as building.

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