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Light of the Valley: Renewing the Sacred Art and Traditions of Svayambhu
Light of the Valley

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780898000344
Publication Date: 2011

Product Code: 17904

Light of the Valley documents the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centers two-year renovation of the Svayambhu Stupa, a project that is traditionally undertaken once in a century.

As part of the renovation, extensive documentation of the project was carried out. In total, over 2,500 pages of project reports and 60,000 photos and videos accounting for even the smallest details of the project were created. Many of the photographs included in this book are drawn from this archive.

Light of the Valley includes both practical and scholarly material, guided by the view that renovations depend on the confluence of practical expertise with a scholarly understanding of a place's unique history and traditions.

Part I documents this process of renovation in a photographic essay that offers an intimate perspective on little-known methods of renovating sacred art and architecture in Nepal, including the traditional crafts of gold-mercury gilding, repouss, and woodworking practiced for centuries in the Kathamandu Valley.

Part II includes scholarly essays written by experts in the history, art, and architecture of Svayambhu, which offer a broad spectrum of knowledge and rare insights into one of the world's major living monuments and its renovations.

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