The Traditional Kerala Manor

Achitecture of a South Indian Cathusala House

Henri Schildt

Collection : Collection Indologie

Numéro de collection: 117

Édition: EFEO, Institut français de Pondichéry (IFP)

Année de parution: 2012

Statut : Se renseigner auprès de l'éditeur


ISBN-13 : 978-2-85539-126-7

ISSN : 0073-8352

Largeur : 21 cm

Hauteur : 28 cm

Poids : 1,4 kg

Nombre de pages : 474

Distributeur : EFEO Pondichéry Contact :, distributeur online :, distributeur Chennai :

Géographie : Inde

Langue : Anglais

Lieu : Pondichéry

Support : Papier

Description :

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This Work describes the feudal late medieval high-caste Kerala house. It lays particular emphasis upon the so-called `four-house’ mansion, called catuhsala in Sanskrit and nalukettu in Malayam, the vernacular of Kerala. This palatial kind of mansion is regarded as ritually `complete’ and, as such, appropriate ― according to local Sankrit treatise on architecture ―, to the feudal clergy, royalty and aristocracy. The work describes the architecture of thirty historic houses of this type, highlighting their relation to Sanskritic architectural theory and to brahminical codes of daily life and ritual. It concludes with an attempt to present an overview of the notion of the architectural and ritual space of these houses as a microcosm.

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