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There is misdirected link under the symbolism header. It directs to a specific landmark called Chinese Pagoda, though that particular use refers to Chinese pagodas in general. I am removing that link.Daviticus82 20:27, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Purpose of pagodas[edit]

While this articles is very informative on the history of pagodas, I would find it useful if someone could give an indication as to how a pagoda would be seen by a Buddhist. I presume that they are not just ornamental, so what is the symbolism - for instance what do the iron devices at the peak mean? There is mention in the article of pagodas originally being used to store Buddhist texts - how long did that continue? I've noticed that the internal ceilings of some pagodas are richly painted in bright colours, even though these can't be seen without artificial lighting. Does this have any purpose? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Scottwh (talkcontribs) 13:48, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

  • What would be even better is a breakdown by culture which reviewed the form and function of the pagoda. For example, I know that in Japan the pagoda had no functional purpose other than spiritual contemplation-- and so had no stairs, whereas in China the pagoda was often used as a watchtower and that many Chinese poets wrote about the wonder of climbing the stairs of a pagoda. Also, the Japanese forms were always wooden, and were able to withstand earthquakes because of their loosely joined tiers and central pendulum whereas this was not the case elsewhere. I am pretty sure there was cultural and historical variation in what inside of pagodas, as well as whether or not the interiors were decorated and how. But I am no expert. KDS4444Talk 17:51, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
  • An obvious answer, but probably not the sole purpose, is that it distinguishes a temple from other buildings, letting you know it is a temple. If it's true that houses were donated, then they had a serious need for something to be added to the property to clarify it is a temple. Of course, in China, however, there are also towers used for residency, unlike some other places that use pagodas. But, that is not a practice all over China, and I think those towers were on their own properties instead of mixed with other buildings, so you could probably still tell them apart. Architecture styling might also be different, I'm not sure. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:36, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

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Well, it's a photograph from a stamp made over 50 years ago, so I honestly don't see what the fuss is about. Regardless, there are now high quality photographs of this pagoda available over at Commons, so it's no big loss if this dinky little image is deleted! I say bombs away, gentlemen! Lol. If you must. I just can't bring myself to care about saving it. I'm a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan for Christ sake.--Pericles of AthensTalk 20:04, 5 June 2012 (UTC)

Uh... What?[edit]

"The design of temples was also influenced by the use of traditional Chinese residences as shrines, after they were philanthropically donated by the wealthy or the pious. In such pre-configured spaces, building a central pagoda might not have been either desirable or possible." < First off, that's speculation. Second off, my own speculation is that that editor has it backwards. Traditional Chinese houses are Chinese courtyard houses. Thus, the tendency to build the tower in the center comes from the donation of houses, where they could only build the tower in the courtyard (center of the property - the houses were built around the courtyard). Another possibility is the fact it is more aesthetic, and sensical to have the tower in the center, rather than somewhere weird. Most places you might stick a pagoda will look very awkward, and unbalanced, and take away from the purpose of the tower (they aren't exactly designed to be subtle, or to blend in). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:30, 11 January 2014 (UTC)