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A stupa is NOT a pagoda. Please wait till I get more proof. Don't add anything until this is resolved- KRS 17:52, 16 Sep 2003 (UTC)

I changed back part of the last round of changes (re: pagodas); there are plenty of pagodas which aren't pyramidal or bell-shaped (e.g. almost all the Chinese ones). Generally, I think it's unwise to be too specific about how to use English words for a wide variety of structures which are found almost exclusively in non-English-speaking countries. ;) Markalexander100 03:52, 9 Apr 2004 (UTC)
Have arrived at a compromise till further details can be added.
  • Added back the fact The stupa evolved into the pagoda (which I am 100 percent sure of)
  • added The pagoda has varied forms that also include bellshaped(this was already existing) and pyramidal ones. to suggest a few shapes.
  • rephrased already exisitng sentence from English to Western context Today, in the Western context, there is no clear distinction between the stupa and the pagoda. KRS 09:47, 9 Apr 2004 (UTC)
  • The stupa evolved into the pagoda Happy with that.
  • The pagoda has varied forms that also include bellshaped(this was already existing) and pyramidal ones. These sound more like stupas than pagodas to me, but since the words are often used interchangeably I've no objection.
  • Today, in the Western context, there is no clear distinction between the stupa and the pagoda. Happy.

Markalexander100 06:07, 10 Apr 2004 (UTC)

I have a question on the five cosmic elements part.. I see here that it's earth, air, fire, water and space, but in other pages (like here [1] and here [2]) it says that it's wisdom. What is it really? Thanks in advance -- Jenn 05:39, 21 March 2006 (UTC)


In Khmer (Cambodian) a stupa is called a chedey, which is a structure to store the ashes of the cremated and also Buddhist relics. A prang is a tower like as in the Angkor Wat towers and does not serve the same purpose as a chedey. But some Cambodian stupas do adopt the style of a prang onto a stupa. --Dara 03:50, 24 Nov 2004 (UTC)


There's a separate article on chaitya. But this aricle seems to think that's the same thing as a stupa. What gives? - Nat Krause(Talk!) 04:43, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

Blank White Space[edit]

Is there a way to get rid of the blank white space? I added a picture of the great stupa at sanchi. Tom 04:57, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

Meaning of a stupa[edit]

History of the Stupa from Shambala Mountain Center Here it is said that the meaning changed. Austerlitz 14:12, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Relevant photo, please[edit]

Why do we have, not one, but two photos of the same structure (and the same example of that structure) that, whereas related, is not a stupa? First of all, one of the photos should go, there's absolutely no need for that (even the article torana has only one photo; and, second, please put one of the beautiful photos in the gallery as the main photo, that's what we're talking about. Third, the torana picture could be in some part of the text, but even then it is only marginally referenced within the text (and, see what, a picture showing the same torana again -this time with the pagoda-, is shown). Please, someone working with this article remove the first two photos and add a more convenient one. Thanks. Nazroon 05:26, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

Thanks, it is much better now. Nazroon 08:24, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

Added Illustration of 8 Great Stupas, Tibetan script/Wylie Transliteration of "chorten"[edit]

Forgot to sign! Anyway, hope this adds to the article. Leaving tagged with Template:Tibetan script so that others can check behind me. (talk) 15:42, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

It's really great! Siru108 (talk) 08:21, 20 March 2009 (UTC)


For those people visiting Thailand, of which I am sure there many, they will most commonly come into contact with the word "Chedi" which is the Thai (possibly similar in other languages) word for "Stupa". I think it would be a good idea to add this in at the beginning of the article so that it is clear when someone looks it up. Chrisjbrooks (talk) 02:50, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

The Thai word for it is เจดีย์ which transcribes to chediya, but with the silencer on ya (ย์) it becomes chedi. FredTC (talk) 11:17, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
I've added เจดีย์ into the infobox and the lede paragraph, and kludged the ISO 11940 transcriptions in as well. --Thnidu (talk) 21:40, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Restructured Description and History section.[edit]

Gave this section some much-needed attention. Still lacking in reliable citations. Woodega (talk) 03:43, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Under 'Types of Stupas': list item, 'Symbolic stupa - to symbolize aspects of Buddhist theology,...' The use of the word 'theology' here is misplaced. Certainly, he had ideas *about* theology, but those ideas would not have been representative of his thoughts on 'dhamma.' In fact, since most definitions of 'theology' presume an independently existent creator-God, the gautama would by those terms be considered most certainly an atheist. Perhaps the author meant 'cosmology?' Lowjon (talk) 01:57, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

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Nepalese chorten redirect here, but nothing about them on the page. Please add. 2602:306:30BA:28A0:AD59:3BB7:4F80:6A45 (talk) 03:09, 13 June 2016 (UTC)