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What makes a temple unique? The construction of spatial particularity

Professor Friedhelm Hardy
Friday, 14 February 2003 - 3:15pm

This lecture will look at cultural modes of developing a meaningful localised universe (or: how to make sense of stones). It will focus on literary material associated with the South Indian Varada temple in Kanchipuram. The wider South Indian context, that may relativise claims of uniqueness or may take a polemical stance, will be explored, and some more general, comparative remarks will be added.