Ceremonial architecture and public events

Authored by: Takeshi Inomata

The Routledge Handbook of Sensory Archaeology

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138676299
eBook ISBN: 9781315560175
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Sensory experiences associated with ceremonial buildings and public events present significant social effects through different stages, including construction, preparation, ceremonial events and remembrance. On those occasions, people sense the bodily presence and acts of others, as well as central values of the community symbolized in material forms and dramatized in embodied performances. These interactions entail diverse sensory perceptions and emotional reactions among participants, resulting from their differentiated sensory possibilities conditioned by physical settings and social backgrounds, which impose, create, maintain and subvert various forms of power relations.

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