Why is North Indian Buddhist Architecture being called Islamic?

Vajra

Ad Honorem
May 2013
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India
My question ('Were They") related to Apsaras being dancers, which was the topic of the last several posts. Thanks for answering the question directly. BTW, the etymology (NOT meaning) for Apsara as Winged Consort that I came across is Ap+Sara. If you have an alternative etymology for Apsara, do share.

If the Apsaras were unambiguously referred to as dancers in the RV, that would indicate a dance tradition from almost the birth of Indic civilization. But the lack of direct ancient association of Apsaras with Dance brings us back to musing about how old Classical Dance forms might be.

Well,AFAIK Apsarases are rather related to saras(waters).They were water nymphs.They did the dancing while their male counterparts,Gandharvas,played music.
 
Jul 2014
1,834
Yes
Kanguras, or battlements. Kanguras were not a Mughal invention; they had been around for centuries in India.



Kanguras (battlements) atop the main gate of the Agra Fort.






muslim tomb
 
Nov 2014
1
Munich, Germany
The use of arches for roof construction is one thing, which is certainly not local to the Indian subcontinent. And even then, most of what one studies are regional and local not representative of a 'national' trend, as we see in Byzantium, the Omayyads in the Levant and in Spain, and even in the Persians and later the Moguls in Northern India.

To speak of the 'roof of a hut' as a precursor to Gothic arches in Europe is incredible and could be a breakthrough in the history of architecture if it was plausible, but other origins, nearer home, dismiss that notion, and so many others that bear no relationship to the History of Architecture.
 
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Jul 2014
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The use of arches for roof construction is one thing, which is certainly not local to the Indian subcontinent. And even then, most of what one studies are regional and local not representative of a 'national' trend, as we see in Byzantium, the Omayyads in the Levant and in Spain, and even in the Persians and later the Moguls in Northern India.
All copied from the Romans.
 

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