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Sacredscapes vis-à-vis Faithscapes: Cultural Landscapes of Ayodhya, a Holy-Heritage City of India

Author : Sarvesh Kumar

Published in: Practising Cultural Geographies

Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore

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Abstract

The city of Ayodhya represents an example of holy-heritage city of India, recording variety of cultural landscapes and multi-cultural religious sites in the form of sacred landscapes. The sacredscapes are known as tirtha in classical Hindu literature, and in general is translated as a sacred or a holy place. For the sacredscape history matters, it concerned for the sacred (spiritual) ecology; thus, the messages conveyed by sacredscapes are obscure and functions in a variety of festive and religious functions. Ayodhya possesses a good mass of multi-cultural sacredscapes associated with the devotees consisting of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, and even Muslims, and Christians, including even recent addition of Korean culture. These are recorded and described in ethnological context, while taking various niches and frames developed and attested by Professor Rana P. B. Singh in his studies of holy-heritage cities of north India.

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Metadata
Title
Sacredscapes vis-à-vis Faithscapes: Cultural Landscapes of Ayodhya, a Holy-Heritage City of India
Author
Sarvesh Kumar
Copyright Year
2022
Publisher
Springer Nature Singapore
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-6415-1_5