The Hegemony of Heritage makes an original and significant contribution to our understanding of how the relationship of architectural objects and societies to the built environment changes over time. Studying two surviving medieval monuments in southern Rajasthan - the Ambika Temple in Jagat and the Ékalingji Temple Complex in Kailaspuri - the author looks beyond their divergent sectarian affiliations and patronage structures to underscore many aspects of common practice. This book offers new and extremely valuable insights into these important monuments, illuminating the entangled politics of antiquity and revealing whether a monument's ritual record is affirmed as continuous and hence hoary or dismissed as discontinuous or reinvented through various strategies. The Hegemony of Heritage enriches theoretical constructs with ethnographic description and asks us to reexamine notions such as archive and text through the filter of sculpture and mantra.
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Table of Contents
Temple as Geographic Marker: Mapping the Tenth-Century Sectarian Landscape
Temple as Catalyst: Renovation and Religious Merit in the Field
Temple as Royal Abode: The Regal, the Real, and the Ideal in Fifteenth-Century Mewar
Temple as Palimpsest: Icons and Temples in the "Sultanate" Era
Temple as Ritual Center: Tenth-Century Traces of Ritual and the Record in Stone
Temple as Praxis: Agency in the Field in Southern Rajasthan
Temple as Legal Body: Aesthetics and the Legislation of Antiquity