Spring 2008

Sacred Images and Sacred Space

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-61


Samuel C. Morse (Section 01)


(Also Art and Art History 66.) An interdisciplinary study of the visual culture of the Buddhist and Shinto religious traditions in Japan. The class will examine in depth a number of Japan's most important sacred places, including Ise Shrine, Todaiji, Daitokuji and Mount Fuji, and will also look at the way contemporary architects such as Ando Tadao and Takamatsu Shin have attempted to create new sacred places in Japan today. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ways by which the Japanese have given distinctive form to their religious beliefs through architecture, painting and sculpture, and the ways these objects have been used in religious ritual. Second semester. Professor Morse.