Buddhist Stupas

Buddhist Stupas

Buddhist Stupas

Stupas are three-dimensional forms representing the body, speech and mind of the Buddha. They are probably the oldest form of Buddhist art, and are repositories of sacred relics, texts and other objects. Size and exact design vary, basic features common to all are: a square base, a dome-like form, thirteen tapering,round steps, a lotus form, and a sun held by the crescent moon. These features represent the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, space), as well as various aspects of Buddhist cosmology.