Buddhist Temple Essay

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Abstract This report explains how Buddhist temple architecture present themselves through temple building in the process of communicating their status, group membership, gender and social rolesInitial research was carried out online using books and Goodge search with various keywords ranging from history of Buddhist, Chinese temples architecture and Japanese temple architecture. In Geylang library and National library site, I found a number of good books such as: “the roof in Japan Buddhist Architecture”, “Chinese and Japanese art with sections on Korean and Viet Nam”, “Hand book of Japanese Mythology, Religion in Japanese Culture, and Shinto- Japanese’s spiritual Roots”The first part of the analysis will discuss history of Buddhist religion and how this religion came to China and Japan. The reports also analysis the Chinese temple in Singapore and Japanese earliest temple emphasized the different in design of Buddhist temple architecture in regarding the role of expressions of culture and social identity.List of Illustrations 13Figure 1 – Buddha statue (Source: retrieved September 10, 2006 fromhttp://www.india-crafts.com/images/big/buddhist_art.jpg) ......................1Figure 2–Exterior elevation of Thian Hock Keng temple (Source: retrieved September 10, 2006 fromhttp://www.arrakeen.ch/singfeb02/495%20%20Thian%20Hock%20Keng%20temple.JPG) …..................................................................................................3Figure 3 – Thian Hock Keng temple’s decoration column(Source: retrieved September 10, 2006 fromhttp://www.arrakeen.ch/singfeb02/495%20%20Thian%20Hock%20Keng%20temple.JPG) ………...........................................................................................3Figure 4 – Exterior view of Horiju Temple(Source: retrieved September 10, 2006 fromhttp://www46.tok2.com/home/arc/nara/horyuji_temple_02.jpg)............5Table of Contents 12AbstractiTable of Contents4List of Illustrationsiii1.INTRODUCTION11.1.Background11.2.Objectives22.METHODOLOGY23.ANALYSIS: Thian Hock Keng Temple And Horiyu Temple33.1. Thian Hock Keng temple43.2.Horiyu temple64.CONCLUSIONS9List of References101. INTRODUCTIONIn East Asian, Buddhism remains the most prevalent in ancient religions. When the early Buddhist was arriving in Japan and Singapore, they built themselves place of worship. Depend on the culture of each country; the temple will build different. Buddhist temple architecture will be examined by analyzing the Thian hock Keng and Horyuji temple to show an important role in creating and maintaining of temple building. Buddhist temple architecture between Singapore and Japan seem identical to the novice viewer and qualities unique to the Japanese and Singapore social outlook and national character to conclusion regarding the role of Buddhist temple as expressions of culture and social identity. Therefore it explains why “we shape the building and...

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