Indian temples in the US: the sacred becomes the secular

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2002-01-01
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Sundaram, Lakshmi
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This thesis is the study of Hindu temples in India and the United States. It looks at the impact of religion and society on architecture and vice versa. It examines the (un)importance of rigid religiousness and its effects on social life as well as the development of architecture. It proceeds to examine the same architecture transplanted in another culture. The very same architecture, being alien, has a different impact as it breaks down cultural barriers. The research, at the end, suggests that although religion is an important part in a culture, it can be a unifying force and secular architecture can be the one step towards secular society.

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