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Type: Journal article
Title: Architecture and architechnē: building and revealing in high-caste Nepalese houses
Other Titles: Architecture and architechne: building and revealing in high-caste Nepalese houses
Author: Gray, J.
Citation: South Asia, 2011; 34(1):89-112
Publisher: South Asian Studies Assoc
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0085-6401
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John Gray
Abstract: In this paper I identify the doubleness of domestic space—not just as architecture, that is, the production of houses that expresses social reality, cultural meanings and/or cosmology, but also as architechnē, that is, as the embodied experience, tacit knowledge and revelation produced by everyday living in domestic space. This distinction provides the framework for analysing Nepali houses as domestic mandalas. I argue that in the taken-for-granted, everyday use of domestic space as architechnē, Nepalis engage in an embodied bringing forth of their houses as an enframing whole, as a structure of revealing of the cosmos and the nature of their lifeworld as Householders.
Keywords: Architecture; architechnē; Nepal; houses; cosmology; mandalas; lifeworld; Householders
Rights: © 2011 South Asian Studies Association of Australia
RMID: 0020105655
DOI: 10.1080/00856401.2011.549086
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