TITLE

DURŲ REIKŠMĖS IR SIMBOLIKA EUROPINĖJE TRADICIJOJE

AUTHOR(S)
Riaubienė, Edita
PUB. DATE
September 2007
SOURCE
Town Planning & Architecture;Sep2007, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p149
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The paper is focused on the main architectural element - the door. The aim of this analysis is to reveal the door functions and its relations to the meanings and also the rich symbolism of the doorway. The research is done in the European cultural space, analysing its beginnings (Ancient Egypt, Greek, and Roma) and Christian tradition. The door is an object of a double nature that performs two contrary functions - to connect and separate - and at the same time it belongs to different substances - space and partition. The isolating function of the door conditions its protective meaning, and the function of connecting spaces implicates the communicative meaning. The dualistic character of the door indicates a rather complicated and diverse symbolism. As the door is an umpire between different and even reverse characters, it points to the weak place of a partition that must be protected not only by physical, but also symbolical means. The analysis reveals that petition, offerings and red coloring are prevailing as a protective measure in the European culture. The door acts as the symbol of crossing a boundary, the place of great changes, and this is very expressive in the Christian tradition. The symbolism of transformation is of great importance in the monotheistic religion, where the aim - God - is identified with the door.
ACCESSION #
27575111

 

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