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Heaven on Earth
Temples, Ritual, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World

Edited by Deena Ragavan

Heaven on Earth
Paperback, 463 pages £19.00
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9781885923967
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Subjects: Ancient Near East, Classical Studies and Ancient History, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
Series: Oriental Institute Seminars

The volume is the result of the eighth Annual University of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminar, held on March 2-3, 2012. Seventeen speakers, from both the US and abroad, examined the interconnections between temples, ritual, and cosmology from a variety of regional specializations and theoretical perspectives. The seminar revisited a classic topic, one with a long history among scholars of the ancient world: the cosmic symbolism of sacred architecture. Archaeologists, art historians, and philologists working not only in the ancient Near East, but also Mesoamerica, Greece, South Asia, and China, re-evaluated the significance of this topic across the ancient world.

Introduction 1. Heaven on Earth: Temples, Ritual, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World. Deena Ragavan Part I: Architecture and Cosmology 2. Naturalizing Buddhist Cosmology in the Temple Architecture of China: The Case of the Yicihui Pillar. Tracy Miller 3. Hints at Temple Topography and Cosmic Geography from Hittite Sources. Susanne Gorke 4. Images of the Cosmos: Sacred and Ritual Space in Jaina Temple Architecture in India. Julia A. B. Hegewald Part II: Built Space and Natural Forms 5. The Classic Maya Temple: Centrality, Cosmology, and Sacred Geography in Ancient Mesoamerica. Karl Taube 6. Seeds and Mountains: The Cosmogony of Temples in South Asia. Michael W. Meister 7. Intrinsic and Constructed Sacred Space in Hittite Anatolia. Gary Beckman Part III: Myth and Movement 8. On the Rocks: Greek Mountains and Sacred Conversations. Betsey A. Robinson 9. Entering Other Worlds: Gates, Rituals, and Cosmic Journeys in Sumerian Sources. Deena Ragavan Part IV: Sacred Space and Ritual Practice 10. "We Are Going to the House in Prayer": Theology, Cultic Topography, and Cosmology in the Emesal Prayers of Ancient Mesopotamia. Uri Gabbay 11. Temporary Ritual Structures and Their Cosmological Symbolism in Ancient Mesopotamia. Claus Ambos 12. Sacred Space and Ritual Practice at the End of Prehistory in the Southern Levant. Yorke M. Rowan Part V: Architecture, Power, and the State 13. Egyptian Temple Graffiti and the Gods: Appropriation and Ritualization in Karnak and Luxor. Elizabeth Frood 14. The Transformation of Sacred Space, Topography, and Royal Ritual in Persia and the Ancient Iranian World. Matthew P Canepa 15. The Cattlepen and the Sheepfold: Cities, Temples, and Pastoral Power in Ancient Mesopotamia. Omur Harmansah Part VI: Images of Ritual 16. Sources of Egyptian Temple Cosmology: Divine Image, King, and Ritual Performer. John Baines 17. Mirror and Memory: Images of Ritual Actions in Greek Temple Decoration. Clemente Marconi PART VII: Responses 18. Temples of the Depths, Pillars of the Heights, Gates in Between. David Carrasco 19. Cosmos and Discipline. Richard Neer



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 463 pages
ISBN:
 9781885923967

BIC Code:
 HBLA, HDDC
BISAC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
Imprint:
 Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago


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