1 Focus of the divine: the temple's many names; the mountain; the heavenly prototype; sacred geometry; the mandala; ritual; ritual drama in the temple; the house of life; secrecy; the temple as place of burial. 2 Plates. 3 Themes: the temple's many forms; the primordial mound; the path inward; the heavenly prototype; the site and the foundation; sacred geometry; the divine presence; mandalas; Borobudur; the temple of the lord; the way of the pilgrim; the tree of life; the living water; the temple at work; life after death.
'The idea of the temple--the holy precinct, the meeting place of God and man--is central to all religions. Lundquist follows it back into the darkness of prehistory, unveiling features that are common to ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian beliefs, Hinduism, Buddhism, Maya and Aztec cults, Islam, Judaism and Christianity...; with 130 illustrations, 15 in color.'