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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Qianlong Garden

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The Oxford Companion to the Garden

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Current Version:
2006

...are in fact carefully placed in relation to each other to create a subtle balance of high and low, foreground and background, solid and void. Besides its central hall, the most interesting pavilion in the first course is the Xishangting, commemorating an ancient ceremony for dispelling bad influences. Since the great calligraphist Wang Xizhi used the character Xi in his ‘Preface for the Anthology on Orchid Pavilion’, the floor here is engraved with the pattern of a running brook, an allusion to the ‘wine-cup stream’ where the original poems in the anthology...

Yihe Yuan

Yihe Yuan   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Garden

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2006

...a series of buildings, their yellow roof tiles gleaming against the hillside like a waterfall, rise steeply up the slope of Wanshou Shan to the massive octagonal Tower of the Fragrance of the Buddha (where the Emperor and Empress attended religious services) and the Hall of Dispelling the Cloud, which dominate the summit. Along both sides of this steep axis various smaller buildings build up to the main halls, enhancing by contrast the solemnity, grandeur, and compactness of the central complex. Along the whole length of the shore there runs an unbroken...

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