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Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture

2 Ratings: 5.0
A travel and architectural documentary

Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture is a BBC series first aired on BBC Two in April 2008 in which British architectural historian Dan Cruickshank travels around the world visiting what he considers … see full wiki

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Surprise, surprise!

  • Mar 9, 2010
Rating:
+5
Almost 2 weeks ago, I was introduced to the wonderful TV documentary by Arte Wolfe on Photography in his series of Travel To The Edge. That was about traveling around the world highlighting photography as the subject matter. This week, I am happy to be watching another series, this time by Dan Cruickshank and his subject matter is architecture. These series are truly nice and entertaining for someone whose primary focus is traveling and secondary focus are photography & architecture. These are series geared for audiences like me! Awesome! :-)


Dan Cruickshank @ Kornak Sun Temple


Leshan Giant Buddha in China

The 1st episode of a series of architectural delights focuses on igloo of Greenland, the largest Buddhist statue in the world of Leshan Giant Buddha (I've visited this one personally), Catherine's opulent palace in St. Petersburg (Amber Room is considered the 8th wonder of the world in this palace; Yep, been there too ;-)) & Indian temple glorifying sex (ooops, missed this one when I was in India!)!

How's that for some excitement? ;-)
I googled for some photos of the Kornak Temple. See for yourself!





Ok, now that I've got your full attention, here's the story behind the Konark Sun Temple in Orissa,
India
. You think a picture tells a thousand words? You are definitely right!
In this case, it's a temple which was having pronounced influence on the people living around it for 400 years, then it was abandoned totally. But why built a temple with sexual imageries all around the temple and what's the belief system behind it?

Any guess?

Well, from what I understood from the documentary, it has something to do with tying sexual activity to spiritual intelligence in the sense that the sacred nature of body fluid and the exchange of it is being perceived as feasting on the divine nectar. Fluid is necessary for life and that's the extension of the nectar of immortality.

Oh well, I'm not so sure if I got this part right but whatever it is, if you insist on finding out the truth to it, why not watch the series? As far as what I can see from its first opening episode, it's interesting enough for me to want to check out the next one which will be on architectures from Egypt, Guatemala, Italy, Czech Republic & India again. All in all, there are 8 episodes with each focusing on a different theme: beauty, death, paradise, disaster, connections, power, dreams & pleasure. I sure am looking forward to seeing them again on TV next week! 

Alternatively, you can probably find some version of it on Youtube or DVDs. Have fun watching!
Surprise, surprise!

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March 28, 2010
Hi, Sharrie. It's a great pleasure to know you here. You may feel a little bit strange about why this stranger put a comment here. Well, in a word, basically this great documentary made by BBC brings me here. But there was a story before I come here. I've watched this series since about early of this year. Several friends and I are so fond of it and attracted by its unique & diverse architecture around the world, which well organized & narrated by BBC. But it's regretful that we can only download the movie, with no English or Chinese script attached. No one here in China translate and make the script for it (or maybe someone is doing it but not accomplished yet), So we have to understand it by listening only. My friends and I are waiting for someone to do the translation but no good news so far, so I'm thinking why I cannot do it by myself instead of waiting. And I start search for relative information about this movie, and finally I arrive here. I should say your review inspires me a lot, and I'm glad to find someone who has similar interests like me. Thank you for your sharing. I like documentaries very much, especially BBC & NG. When I come here, I found it's a place that is worthy of staying for a while, dig in & find interesting things inside. I really hope to make some friends who have common interests. That's why I can't wait to register a name here.
March 28, 2010
Thanks for your comments & compliments. Glad you've enjoyed yourself here on Lunch.com. You're most welcome to explore further and if you like to join my UNESCO World Heritage Fan Club community.
 
March 13, 2010
tying sexual activity to spiritual intelligence....hmmm. sounds like something I would say. LOL! There was a comedy show that actually portrayed this idea...men get smarter without sex (because they' re always obsessed with it, so lack of it makes them turn their attention elsewhere) while women get dumber without sex (because women take it foregranted, so w/out it, they tend to think about it) LOL .
 
March 11, 2010
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