Sources & Creatorship – Fifth Lesson

For this lesson I had to pick one image and search information about it. Then I had to use that information for my new starting point.


The picture I choose is of the view of Pagan, Myanmar, and it’s many tempels. I picked this one, because eventhough these are buildings, they almost seem like mountains that blend into nature. This because of the colours and the architecture of the buildings.
This is exactly the opposite of what we have here in the cities.

So in this way, the old city Pagan became my new starting point. I started gathering more information about Pagan, starting in the book Brick.

I collected some information about the city of Pagan and the buildings in it. I used a sketchbook as my research book.

In Pagan there lived Buddhist and indigenous peoples together, making a new form of society that lived on for 300 years. There were 2 types of buildings in Pagan: Tempels and Stupas. I already know what Tempels are, so I’m more interested in the Stupas.


I knew what a tempel was, but I had never heard of a Stupa before. This spicked my interest, so this became my next focus point.

I found information about what a stupa was, what they used it for and about the symbolism of the stupa. (1)

While looking up pictures of Stupas, found that there were a couple of different once. Well, there mostly was 1 that could be seen almost everywhere. I call it the classic Stupa. I researched what the differences between the classic stupa and the Pagan stupa is. The use of the Stupas were the same, only the appearance is different. (2)
I personally think the difference has to do with that in Pagan, Buddhists started to live with indigenous peoples, who were even more in connection with nature.

I discovered that every single component of the stupa, has a meaning, symbolizing something in Buddhism. (3)

Not only did the different components have meaning, Parts of the stupa combined had certain meanings too. Including symbolism, elements and colours are linked to the 5 different parts of the stupa. (4)

Pagan is both influenced by Buddhist as indigenous people. 
The Stupa is a building with a lot of meaning behind it. Buddhist symbolism is found in almost every aspect of the building. The indigenous peoples however, did have an influence on the architectural features (colour and shape) of the building, seen in the comparison between the classic stupa and the Pagan stupa.

My reflection

A stupa isn’t just a building without a meaning, like how architecture is used in our cities. There is alot of symbolism in Stupas and all the different parts. Everything is intertwined with Buddhism. The indigenous peoples influence intertwined the buildings even more with nature.


This lesson I didn’t get feedback.


For the next lesson I picked a new focus point to continue my research on. I choose something that I wrote down on the page called “Stoepa”, that Buddha sits in the Stupa.

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