Stupa : Art, Architectonics and Symbolism: Indo-Tibetica I

di Tucci Giuseppe

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    Edited by Lokesh Chandra, Aditya Prakashan, 1988,, Reprint, xxxix, 154 p, 43
    Contents: Preface. I. Stupa and Votive Stupa (mchod-rten and tsha-tsha): 1. Tibetan literature about the Stupa (mchod-rten). 2. Its connections with the Indian architectonic literature. 3. The supposed Indian patterns of the eight types of Stupa (mchod-rten). 4. Why the stupas (mchod-rten) are built. 5. The stupa (mchod-rten) engraved or in miniature. 6. Ritual for the building of a stupa (mchod-rten). 7. The stupa (mchod-rten) as repository of sacred things. 8. Symbolism attributed to the stupa (mchod-rten) according to Hinayana and Mahayana. 9. Diffusion of the various types of stupas (mchod-rten) in Indian and Eastern Tibet. 10. What is the meaning of tsha-tsha. 11. Origin and meaning of tsha-tsha. 12. Ceremonial for the preparation of the tsha-tsha. 13. Various types of tsha-tsha and their chronological order. 14. Iconographic types represented on the tsha-tsha. II. Description of the principal types of tsha-tsha: 1. Group of sigillary impressions. 2. Group of the stamped. 3. In the shape of stupa (mchod-rten). 4. Bon-po tsha-tsha. Appendices. Index. "In 1932 Professor Giuseppe Tucci published his fundamental work Indo-Tibetica I on the stupa in general as well as on stamped and die-cast votive stupas in Indian and Western Tibet, as a contribution to the study of Tibetan religious art and its meaning. It contains crucial results of Tucci's field investigations and perceptions, which have been inaccessible so far to the English-reading world. The present English translation seeks to put it within the reach of indologists, art historians, Tibetanists, anthropologists, archaeologists and others. The work of Tucci is basic to an understanding of the function of the Stupa, its architecture and the significance of its various parts, and its symbolism in general. Tucci's translation of classical Sanskrit works on the architectonics of the stupa, like the text of Sahajavilasa which is preserved only in a Tibetan translation, make this book a must for every student of Indian art. Sanskrit equivalents of Tibetan terms make it comprehensible to a wider audience, e.g. stupa/mchod-rten. The profundity which Prof. Tucci bears on the subject gives a creative view, an inner vision, the original perspective in which stupa originated and evolved. "The book bears a preface by the General editor of the series, Prof. Lokesh Chandra wherein he discusses at length how the various enumerations of the stupas enable us to formulate anew the functions of the stupa and its semantics. The socio-cultural as well as economic-political significance of the terms stupa, caitya and dhatugarbha from Indo-European linguistics, Vedic tradition, Pali texts, archaeological evidence and Tibetan scrolls provide new insights. "A fascinating book on the shared cultural values in Asia and on the consecration of space in the Buddhist world." (jacket)