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Sacred Gardens and Landscapes - Ritual and Agency V26



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Sacred Gardens and Landscapes - Ritual and Agency V26 by Michel Conan
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Studies of rituals in sacred gardens and landscapes offer tantalizing insights into the significance of gardens and landscapes in the societies of India, ancient Greece, Pre-Columbian Mexico, medieval Japan, post-Renaissance Europe, and America. Sacred gardens and landscapes engaged their visitors into three specific modes of agency: as anterooms spurring encounters with the netherworld; as journeys through mystical lands; and as a means of establishing a sense of locality, metaphorically rooting the dweller's own identity in a well-defined part of the material world. Each section of this book is devoted to one of these forms of agency. Together, the essays reveal a profound cultural significance of gardens previously overlooked by studies of garden styles.

Author Biography

Michel Conan is Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks
Release date NZ
July 3rd, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
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