Manusya, Journal of Humanities


Navanath Osiri

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This paper describes the identifying role ritual architecture plays in the construction of settlement landscapes in northern mainland Southeast Asia. Integrating ethnographic and art historical data, it develops a framework for understanding lak ban and lak muang in terms of their socio-historical development, spatical organization, ritual observances, designs, and meaning. Landscape cannot be fully understood without reference to a worldview which integrates place and space in the production of meaning. (Snead & Preucel 1999,170)

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