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Author Name:    EGENTER, Nold.

Title:   Architectural Anthropology : Semantic and Symbolic Architecture : Am architectural-ethnographic survey into hundred villages of central Japan. First Printing

Publisher:    Structura Mundi, Lausanne, 1994, ISBN:3905451026 

Seller ID:   105050

EGENTER, Nold. Architectural Anthropology : Semantic and Symbolic Architecture : Am architectural-ethnographic survey into hundred villages of centralJapan. (Lausanne) : Structura Mundi, (1994). Pp [1]-250,(2). Illustrated. Maps. Triple Column. Oblong 8vo, illustrated red card covers, French flaps."Egenter's investigation is based on fieldwork which he did from 1972 to 1 976, concentrating on temporary cultic structures and festivals in the region of Omihachiman near Lake Biwa and including about one hundred surrounding villages. He considers this naturally bounded area to have preserved an "isolated sphere" in terms of cultural history and thus to have preserved very ancient practices side by side with the imposition of more modern ones. One of Egenter's main theses is that these temporary structures, when studied objectively in terms of their material and techniques of construction, will yield important information about the original layers of Japanese culture and religion. By systematically identifying the original elements - on the grounds of material and technique - a kind of cultural history can be reconstructed in which many of the ideas about gods and cults of fertility can be seen as later accretions. For, Egenter holds, the cults associated with regional or national gods and festivals represent layers of Shinto which have been attached to the autochthonic tradition because of social or political developments. For this reason, he deals with the cultic structures andaccompanying rituals not as integrated wholes but as agglomerates or accum ulations of different layers of development. In unraveling these layers of accumulation and reaching the ealiest autochothonic layer, Egenter lays down an important methodological presupposition: the most ancient circumstances are better preserved in the material tradition (Sachtradition) than the ideal tradition, although of course both are transmitted together. That is, the actual materials, technique of construction, and cultic behavior represent a material tradition which tend, at least in an isolated sphere, to be passed on relatively unchanged from the most ancient times." (Theodore M. Ludwig, quoted on the flaps). Light spotting to bottom edge, else very good.60.00


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