TITLE

Architecture and the Sacred: A Season in the Hammam

AUTHOR(S)
Kilito, Abdelfettah
PUB. DATE
June 1992
SOURCE
Research in African Literatures;Summer1992, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p203
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on spiritual effervescence at hamman, a steam bath. Focus is also on the architectural construction of the hammam. Many men speak about their early childhood experience of the steam bath or hammam as if it were a lost paradise. Discussing the design, the article informs that the overheated room with its streaming fountain and its basin full of boiling water was for steam bath. In the bath, one experiences significant moments of human existence in the way they are depicted by religion. It is not only in the mosque that a believer lives and practices his faith. In contrast to the mosque, the hammam is a place of risk, of spectacular falls. The hammam involves a descent into the other world.
ACCESSION #
15516291

 

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