Mandalay and the Art of Building Cities in Burma

François Tainturier

Mandalay and the Art of Building Cities in Burma

François Tainturier

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

240 pages | 76 color plates, 10 halftones | 7 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9789814722773 Will Publish June 2021 For sale in North and South America and China only
Drawing on original Burmese texts and illustrations, recent scholarship, and mapping,  Mandalay and the Art of Building Cities in Burma argues that the founding of Mandalay shifted critically in emphasis and scale during its planning from a protocol that established the royal city as a “cosmic city” to one that viewed the royal capital as a sanctuary. As part of that shift, François Tainturier shows, the founding protocol used Buddhist narratives as models for action and drastically altered patterns of spatial order that had been prevalent at former royal capitals. The systematic planning of Mandalay and the construction of its potent landscape constituted the expression—formulated not in words but in tangible form—of the throne’s claim that Burma was a “Buddhist land,” at a time when Lower Burma had been annexed by non-Buddhist believers. Tainturier provides further insight into how rulers articulated their lineage, power, and the promotion of Buddhism by creating potent landscapes. Mandalay and the Art of Building Cities in Burma renews scholarly discussion on Southeast Asian urban traditions and offers a critical investigation into the “cosmic” dimensions of one of the region’s centers of power.
 
Contents
1. Introduction, 2. Building Upon Precedence, 3. The Making of a Sanctuary, 4. The “Earth Palace” as Cosmic Pivot, 5. Ordering Space in the Royal City and Beyond, 6. The “Seven Places”, 7. The “Blessed One’s Bazaar” Materialized, 8. Conclusion: Building the City of Dhamma
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