The Spirit of Asia

The Spirit of Asia

Journeys to the Sacred Places of the East

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Baker & Taylor
A celebrated photographer of Asia celebrates his favorite subject--the East--in luminous collection of images from some of the most sacred sites on the continent.

Norton Pub
A photographic tour of the greatest natural and manmade spiritual sites in Asia. More than anything else, long-distance travel in the late twentieth century has opened the eyes of millions of people in the West to the rich cultural heritage of the Asian countries, and to the ability of their great belief systems to regenerate, refresh, and renew. Whether the focus is the original animist beliefs of the far-distant past or the vitality of present-day Hinduism and Buddhism, the sacred site, natural or manmade--mountain, valley, temple, or shrine--is a place of central importance, where heavenly and earthly energies most perfectly intersect. Through the amazing odyssey undertaken by the master photographer Michael Freeman across thousands of miles of the Indian subcontinent and eastern Asia, the extraordinary numinous power of these sacred places is captured with a force that has never been so well expressed. Here are the greatest natural sites, from the Sagaing hills of Myanmar to the sacred mountain, Agung, in Bali. Here, too, are the great temple complexes, Angkor and Borobudur, and the intimate Shintoist shrines of Japan. The photographs are organized as journeys that reflect the historical spread of Eastern religions, yet each will feel to the reader like a personal quest. 200 color photographs.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, 2000
ISBN: 9780500510230
Branch Call Number: 291.35 F877s
Characteristics: 208 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Shearer, Alistair


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