Overview for The Evolution of Indian Stupa Architecture in East Asia
This work seeks to explore the development of East Asian architecture based upon its borrowings from the Indian stupa. While most scholars agree that some features of East Asian religious architecture have been strongly influenced by the symbolic architecture of the stupa, this study specifically seeks to identify three distinct architectural "lineages" originating from India to East Asia. These lineages were inspired by the work of Liang Ssu-Châ€™eng who first identified several "families" of pagoda structures in Mainland China in the early part of the 20 century. However, here we extend our search to all the nations that have employed the stupa architecture outside India (and Nepal). These other lineages have been identified through careful analysis in archaeological, anthropological, historical, and religious studies. The first of these lineages extends through Indo-China and Indonesia. The second lineage is mainly found extending through Burma. Both lineages, one and two, meet togeth
Eric Stratton (Author)
Eric D. Stratton is a professor of anthropology and scholar of comparative religion and East Asian languages. He is also a free-lance writer/translator and artist. His interests are vast within the subject of archaeology and anthropology, extending through various regions of the world, but are mainly focused on the symbolism found within material culture.