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Renovation, Disposal and Conservation of Hindu Temples and Images: The Institutionalization of Creativity in South Indian and American Art Worlds
Museum Anthropology Review
  • Samuel K. Parker, University of Washington Tacoma
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Document Type
Article
Abstract
According to a widely accepted (but rarely followed) convention, Tamil temples are supposed to be renovated every 12 years. These practices commonly involve the destruction and replacement of older images. They may also be destroyed if damaged or ritually polluted, or if they are temporary icons made for a specific festival period. Ritualized practices of renovation and disposal indicate ways of seeing and knowing reality that are sometimes at odds with modernist perspectives informing museum conservation. Should the cosmological foundations of conservation be privileged over those of South Indian Hindus who practice the renovation and disposal of images?
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Open Access Journal; policy not available in SHERPA/RoMEO
Citation Information
Samuel K. Parker. "Renovation, Disposal and Conservation of Hindu Temples and Images: The Institutionalization of Creativity in South Indian and American Art Worlds" Museum Anthropology Review Vol. 3 Iss. 2 (2009) p. 107 - 134
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/samuel_parker/1/