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Religious Architecture and Music

Popular religions tend to have funds available to build elaborate, permanent buildings and to employ the best composers, musicians, sculptors, and painters. Before electronic media, the established religion’s place of worship was the best show in town.

Let’s look and listen.


Hindu temples – exteriorsinteriors

Raga Kirwani


Most of China’s Buddhists live in Tibet.

Buddhist temples – exteriorsinteriors

“Nyen-Seng” by Drepung Loseling Monastery Monks


Confucian temples – interiors

Taoist temples – interiors

Tao music

S. Korea

Buddhist temples – exteriorsinteriors

Morning Bell Chant Buddhist Chanting

The Netherlands

Catholic cathedrals – exteriorsinteriors

“Sacris Solemnis” by Benedictine Monks of the Abbey Saint Maurice Et Saint Maur, Clervaux, Luxemburg (borders the Netherlands


Tori and Itsukushima Shrine


Shinto shrines – exteriorsinteriors

Torii (gate)

traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine. It symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred.

“Huanqiutan Garden” by Oliver Shanti & Friends


Buddhist temples – exteriorsinteriors
Buddhist Thai Monks Chanting Healing Mantra



Islamic mosques – exteriorsinteriors

Indonesia’s Regina singing Alhamdulillah (thanks be to Allah)