Monuments, Motifs, Myths: Architecture and its Transformations in Early India and Southeast Asia

  • Parul Pandya Dhar


Since ancient times, India and Southeast Asia have engaged in an intense exchange of ideas, knowledge systems, objects and people traversing vast expanses over land and seas. The historiography of these early interactions has, in the past half-century or more, witnessed an important paradigm shift, with the dominant framework of ‘Indianization’ yielding to an increased emphasis on ‘localization’ processes. What is more, notions of homogeneous cultural monoliths have been abandoned in favour of more textured understandings of regional and subregional diversities among the regions belonging to the Indian Ocean zone. More recently, the archaeology of cross-cultural interactions in South and Southeast Asia has yielded exciting new discoveries about the earliest encounters between the regions.


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  • Parul Pandya Dhar
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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