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The stupa or chorten (in Tibetan) is both an architectural and sculptural form unique to Buddhist art. It was originally conceived as a hemispherical, earthen mound to house the cremated remains of the Buddha. As an ancient symbol of the Buddhist faith, the stupa alludes to the enlightened Buddha mind. It also references the sacred Mount Meru, the mythical Himalayan peak demarcating the center of the earthly realm and thrusting into the heavens. The stupa's structure, believed to correspond to the five elements -- earth, water, fire, air and ether -- is visually divided into a base, mound and pyramidal steeple, which are, in turn, segmented. The steeple, containing thirteen steps crowned by victory banners, symbolizes the stages of enlightenment.

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  • Copyright: Lopshang Tshering (lopshang) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 171 W: 8 N: 131] (724)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2007-05-13
  • Exposition: f/10.0, 1/250 secondes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2007-05-15 12:17
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