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The Hermit's Hut: Architecture and Asceticism in India

Kazi K. Ashraf


This book offers an insight into the profound relationship between architecture and asceticism. Although architecture continually responds to ascetic compulsions, as in its frequent encounter with the question of excess and less, it is typically considered separate from asceticism. In contrast, this book explores the ways in which asceticism and architecture are played out in each other's practices. The question of asceticism is also considered as a perennial issue in the practice of culture. The book traces the influences from early Indian asceticism to Zen Buddhism to the Japanese teahouse—t ... More

Keywords: architecture, asceticism, culture, India, Zen Buddhism, Japanese teahouse, minimalism, dwelling, building

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835835
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835835.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kazi K. Ashraf, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa