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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.


India

Hindu temples – exteriorsinteriors

Raga Kirwani


Tibet

Most of China’s Buddhists live in Tibet.

Buddhist temples – exteriorsinteriors

“Nyen-Seng” by Drepung Loseling Monastery Monks


China

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


Torii_and_Itsukushima_Shrine

Tori and Itsukushima Shrine

Japan

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


Thailand

Buddhist temples – exteriorsinteriors
Buddhist Thai Monks Chanting Healing Mantra

 


Indonesia

Islamic mosques – exteriorsinteriors

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