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Dai: Or the Tai and their Architecture & Customs in South China, The
   


  ISBN : 9789748874784
  WL Order Code :  E21597
  Price :  US$18.00
  Bangkok 1992
  148 pp., fully illus., 8 pp. in col., 180 x 250 mm, pbk. Weight  0.560 kg
  Zhu Liangwen; Dai: Or the Tai and their Architecture & Customs in South China, The
   
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This book is the first of its kind in the English language to deal extensively with the architecture of the Dai peoples of South China. It includes sections about Dai customs, ceremonies and beliefs, animistic as well as Buddhist, which are presented in parallel with physical descriptions of houses, villages and monasteries. The evolution of the houses on stilts, characteristic of Dai and indeed all Tai people, is discussed both in functional terms and in relation to aspects of the Dai mythology of Sipsong-panna. The cultural comparison between Dai and other Tai groups extends to symbolisms and the role of cosmology in determining the forms of monastic architecture. The authors produced a technically precise work which is stimulating and exceptionally well illustrated. Architects in the region may well draw lessons from the array of design “grammar” contained in these pages.
 

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