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Hsinbyume Pagoda (Mingun, Burma)

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Hsinbyume-Pagoda, Mingun, Myamar. CC BY-SA Gerd Eichmann

According to this source:

It’s designer presents the Buddhist cosmology Sulamani Pagoda on the Legendary Mount Meru in Tavatimsa, the Celestial abode of the chief spirit, Indra. Seven concentric terraces represent seven mountain ranges going up to the Mount Meru.

According to Le Huu Phuoc’s Buddhist Architecture (p. 220):

Mount Sumeru {Dumarcay 1986: 89-91}{Chihara 1996: 25-26}
This clichéd idea has been around for a long time in which the concept of Mount Meru (Hindu) or Mount Sumeru (Buddhist) represents a cosmic mountain that has four summits surrounding a central one; in the base is the seven circular mountain chains separated by seven oceans and beyond the seventh ocean in the eighth ocean is Jambudvipa with Lake Anavatpa in its center. Another slightly different version of the Mount Meru myth is that it rises in the center of Jambudvipa with the gods inhabiting its slopes and summits according to their proper ranks.

  • L. H. Phuoc, Bhuddist Architecture, Grafikol, 2010.
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