Monday, February 6, 2012
The West Precinct of the Horyu-Ji Temple - Pagoda - RR4
The Japanese Pagoda is a symbol of religious sanctity and power. It is a place that the people hold in the highest regard for the honor that it shows to Buddha. The Pagoda on the complex of the Horyu-Ji Temple is supposed to be the oldest wooden building in history - the center pillar possibly dating from 594 BC. It is even more interesting to me how the pagoda is a structure meant, not for function, but rather for inspiration. It's commodity is virtually nonexistent, but it's firmness and delight are both clear - as well as it's symbolism as stacks.