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  • Temple as Legal Body: Aesthetics and the Legislation of Antiquity

    Deborah L. Stein

    Chapter from the book: Stein, D. 2018. The Hegemony of Heritage: Ritual and the Record in Stone.


    Chapter 7: This chapter examines the Temple as Legal Body to determine how modern post-independence laws impact the aesthetic future of temples in India. With a special consideration of tax law since the 1970s, the nature of temple trust administration, and the comparative study of public state departments and private administrative bodies this chapter starts to explain why some of the archaeological sites studied in the book may look the way they do, and/or enter the sensorium through particular modes of praxis. The postcolonial specter of the field of archaeology itself haunts this chapter.

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    Stein, D. 2018. Temple as Legal Body: Aesthetics and the Legislation of Antiquity. In: Stein, D, The Hegemony of Heritage. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.46.h

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    Published on May 4, 2018


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