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Le paysage religieux de Senji. Étude architecturale et iconographique des édifices religieux de la ville de Senji (Tamil Nadu, Inde du Sud) et de sa région

Abstract : The archaeological site of Senji (Gingee) stands in Tamil Nadu, in Southern India. Senji is famous for its fortified walls and castles built upon and between the three main granitic hills of the area, which contributed to change this part of the Tamil country History between the 15e and the 19e centuries. Known for its military aspects, the religious architecture of Senji had yet never been under proper and full study. This dissertation tries to make a detailed study of the Hindu stone temples and places of worship in Senji and its close area. The research focuses on the pan-Indian Hindu temples and analyses the existing relation between them and the local goddesses whom places of worship are not systematically built in long lasting materials. Monuments are situated in the original historical context, mainly in the 16e century during Vijayanagara-Nāyaka domination. The history of Senji’s Nāyaka dynasty is also analysed in order to understand the concepts that rules temples constructions à these times, and the use of religious architecture in this troubled and warfare context, serving the purpose of legitimacy of their power on the 16e century. This research also tries to consider Senji as the object of conservation and preservation, and in terms of Indian cultural and architectural heritage.
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Anne Davrinche. Le paysage religieux de Senji. Étude architecturale et iconographique des édifices religieux de la ville de Senji (Tamil Nadu, Inde du Sud) et de sa région. Religions. Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017USPCA074⟩. ⟨tel-01779168⟩

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