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At 7:48pm on September 4, 2012, Nold Egenter said…

Dear Manalee Nanavati,

thank you very much for sending me your pictures and also for joining the Anthropology Of Habitat and Architecture (AHA) and putting your pictures into the photo section!

I was very much surprised when I saw your pictures, particularly Chokoji 2005 and Nishi-Nosho 2009! Phantastic! Both examples are impressively well made, telling to those who see them that these types of tectonic symbols had something to do with the beginnings of architecture and - as I gradually came to assume more and more consciously, also with the beginnings and evolution of the sedentary cultural life of humans all over the world!

I think you made a phantastic decision to study architectural anthropology. I will try to organise some materials in a way they form some sort of an access path or "buildup-system" using the 'Anthropology of Habitat and Architecture' (AHA-) website, also as reference to other sources.

I have another website which was the first one with the title "IMPLOSION". The title page shows many graphic informations on the field (however the much too abstract title "implosion" was a mistake!). But, in its "RESEARCH SERIES ONLINE" it contains many papers with various topics. The English is my translation, therefore not perfect. I will look for someone who corrects the english for publication. Some of these papers also got deformed because of changes in the representation of non-English umlaut-letters like ä, ü, ö,  in German or ç é, à, è, ô etc in French. To get to this website google 'negenter' and click 'IMPLOSION' or 'http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/'. If you want, I can send you a CD of this first website. I also will put some papers into the AHA website.

So far the beginning. Maybe I have to add that India is a very important world region for this type of studies into the "Anthropology of Habitat and Architecture" because rural villages in India have preserved quite a lot of ritual traditions containing fibroconstructive signs and symbols in their centres. I add some photographs of rural cult festivals we have documented while travelling in traditional regions of India some years ago.

Holi poles, Holi Festival coastal Maharashtra, India
TX Intro: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/602b_HoliPoSurvTxE01.html
TX: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/602cHoliPo_Report_E01.html
PIC: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/602c_HoliPo_IllusBurman.html
PIC: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/602d-HoliPo1HasneIllustr.html
PIC: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/602d_HoliPo2Hasne.html

Lakshmi, an agrarian festival at Hatkatchora, near Jagdalpur, India
TX Intro: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/600LakshmiIntro.html
TX: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/600LakshmiHTx.html
PIC: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/600Lakshmi_FigPic.html

Prototype of Hindu Temple at Kovalam Beach, Southern India
TX Intro: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/242aKovalamBeach_TT.html
Tx: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/242bKovalamBeach/242KovalamBeach.html

Singapore. Copper pillar and prototype: grass-pillar
Illustrations: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/601cSingapoFigCapt.html
Text: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/601bSingapoHTxCgt.html

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I will close this letter with an interview I had in India with architect H. Masud Taj. The discussion was published in the Indian Architect and Builder in Nov. 1994 p. 39-42

Interview: ANTHROPOLOGY OF AWARENESS
Tx: http://home.worldcom.ch/negenter/2212IntervIndBuildE.html

I wish you all the best,
we will remain in contact
with warm regards,
Nold Egenter

At 12:53pm on September 5, 2012, Raj Kumar Thawait said…

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