11.9.2011 - making spirits Acknowledging powerful spirits...

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November 9, 2011 Building Temples for Deities, Spirits, and Ancestors Burial 116, Tikal Temple 1, 734AD o Dedicated to Jasaw Chan K’awiil I o K’uhul Ajaw Yax Mutal (Divine ruler of Tikal) Tikal North Acropolis: a “Necropolis” o Keeping ancestors close by o Group of ancestors o Where most ancestors/rulers were placed Bali, Indonesia o Family ancestor shrines (sanggah) in residential compound (karang) o Young girl prepares shrine offerings of fruits and flowers Maori meeting house, New Zealand o Sculpted ancestor figures between woven panels Mythic presentation of ancestors Heraldic Totem Poles, Pacific Northwest o Tell history of clans and ansestors o Creation narratives o Exploits of animals with powerful spirits (ex: raven and eagle) o Not seen as God’s but a little supernatural after death
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Unformatted text preview: making spirits Acknowledging powerful spirits that dwell in human habitats • Chinese geomancy of feng-shui (wind-water) o Used for dwellings of living and the dead • Feng-shui compass with astrological signs o Can be aligned in reference to natural features o Determines auspicious building siting and orientation • Serpent Mound, Ohio 1000 AD o Linda Hogan (141) Snake as symbol of renewal (shedding skin) Of the “old ones” (reptiles as primordial beings) • Hopi of Northern Ariona o Preforming the snake dance “a prayer for rain” • Places Abstracted Deities Why is the construction of religious architecture so important to humans? Why is it such a central element in built habitats?...
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