Paperback / softback
December 15, 2010
9789749511992
English
104
132 illus., 46 in color
8.00 Inches (US)
5.00 Inches (US)
.35 Pounds (US)
$16.95 USD, £12.99 GBP
v2.1 Reference

What's What in a Wat

Thai Buddhist Temples

As you walk through a Thai temple, a host of unfamiliar objects, shapes and patterns tug at you from every direction. This handy and lucid guidebook will help you distinguish what is what. It takes you through a representative Thai Buddhist temple, guiding you from structure to structure and element to element, explaining the function and purpose of each, and the symbolism behind the forms. A Thai wat can be a place of bewildering beauty, but this illustrated companion will help you focus your eyes and identify what you see. Tourists and residents, novices and scholars will gain a clearer sense of what a wat is and the role it plays today in the lives of Thai people.

About the Author

Carol Stratton has been researching and writing on Thai Buddhist art history for over forty years. She is the author of The Buddhist Sculpture of Northern Thailand.

Reviews

"With illustrations to accompany her straightforward explanations of well, what's what, Stratton does a good job of unpacking the complex function and symbolism found in the various structures of a wat. If you're planning a trip to Thailand, or to a Thai temple elsewhere, pick up a copy of What's What in a Wat. You'll want to have a guide with you and Stratton, having researched and written on Thai Buddhist art for over forty years, is a trustworthy one."—Tricycle
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