[Event cancelled] UVic: Visions of Impermanence: Prasat Nok Hatsadiling and the Path to Heaven in Northern Thailand

Wednesday, March 25, 5:00-6:00 p.m. | David Turpin Building, Room A110, University of Victoria

In Northern Thailand, elaborate cremation structures, called prasat sop, are built to honor high ranking monks. These objects are created for display during a funeral and then completely destroyed in the cremation fire. Because it is the final event for a high status member of society, a monk’s funeral brings attention to the essence of Buddhist perfection, idealized visions of a heavenly after-life, and the core Buddhist teaching of impermanence. This presentation is an examination of monks’ cremation structures and a discussion of the connection between their form and meaning.

Rebecca S. Hall is Assistant Curator at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA. She holds a PhD in Southeast Asian Art History from UCLA. Her research interests include the relationship between art and Buddhist practice and the visual expressions of belief related to Buddhist cosmology.


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