Art, Architecture, and Religious Practices

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Art, Architecture, and Religious Practices
Art and architecture play many different roles in various religions around the world. Architectural sites are often used as places for worship or shrines through which devotion to one or more gods or important religious figures can be conducted, alone or in a group of fellow worshippers. For example, the Great
Stupa
in
Sanchi
, India is an important Buddhist shrine that contains a relic of the
Sakyamuni
Buddha (
Lazzari
and
Schlesier
205-206). The relic is buried in a mound of earth than has been surrounded by a fence of sorts made of brick and stone (
Lazzari
and
Schlesier
205). The round shape of the mound can be seen to symbolize the universe or the cosmos (
Lazzari
and
Schlesier
205). At each...
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.....i to set his laws in stone and to rule his culture (
Lazzari
and
Schlesier
239).
As these three examples of art and architecture show, the art and architecture developed for various kinds of religious practice and ritual played many different roles in different cultures. The art and architecture created for any given time, culture, or religion is constructed to help with and symbolize that culture’s religious ideas and practices.
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Lazzari
, Margaret and Dona
Schlesier
. Exploring Art: A Global Thematic Approach, Third Edition. Florence, KY: Thomson Wadsworth, 2007.