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Weekly Paper #3 - the world. One group of monuments that...

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Nicole Leung Lee INTL 10 July 12, 2010 Weekly Paper #3 In the last reading, I learned about ancient Hindu monuments and icons. Of these were many beautiful sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses in their various forms. Some of these that I found most interesting was how many different combinations of these deities were used. It was intriguing to learn that one such combination was the triad depicting the three most important gods of Hinduism: Brahma as the creator, Vishnu as the preserver, and Shiva as the destroyer. Often times, Shiva was used to portray all three of the roles and could also be both male and female combining itself with either Parvati or Vishnu. Vishnu was certainly one of the most fascinating gods to learn about as it had many avatars, thus transforming itself into various forms to protect
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Unformatted text preview: the world. One group of monuments that caught my attention were The Pandava (Five) Raths in Mahamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India. What I found captivating about these sets of shrines were that each of the five shrines were of a different type as if to show the development of the southern Indian style architecture from past to present. Starting from the right, one can see the most simple design of the Durga shrine. As you move to the left, each shrine grows increasingly complex as towers are added and more levels appear. The Dharmaraja Rath shows the full development and is the most complex of the five shrines as it has three levels and also includes buildings and lookout posts....
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course INTL 10 taught by Professor Lee during the Summer '10 term at DeAnza College.

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