The earliest form of Buddhist architecture most likely derived from Indian funeral mounds.
Stupa- In Buddhist architecture, a bell-shaped or pyramidal religious monument, made of piled earth or stone and containing sacred relics.
stupa - In Buddhist tradition, a type of shrine.
stylize and stylization - To stylize is to alter natural shapes, forms, colors, or textures in order to make a representation in a preset style or manner.
A typical stupa consists chiefly of a great dome supported by corbelled stones (see Corbelling). The dome is usually crowned with a vertical ornament framed in a square enclosure.H473-474
The Great Stupa, Sanchi, India 3rd-1st c. CE
The Parthenon is the crowning glory of Athens, sitting at its highest point on the hill of Acropolis (the center of political and religious activities).
Model of a stupa (Buddhist shrine), ca. 4th century
Pakistan, ancient region of Gandhara
H. 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm), W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Bruckmann, 1985 (1985.387ab) ...
East Gate of the Stupa, Sanchi
It would be difficult to approach Indian art without considering its religious traditions. Early on, images of nature gods pervaded India's sculpture and architectural reliefs.
Among the most important are the stupas. A stupa is a monument which either shelters a sacred relic, or marks the site of an important event in the life of a Buddhist saint. The oldest of the stupas dates to the 3rd century BC, built by King Asoka.
Also see cathedral, chaitya hall, mosque, and stupa.
change - To make something become different. To give a different arrangement or direction to something. To substitute, alter, vary, modify, transition, or transform.
Buddhist architecture is mainly devoted to temples, monasteries and shrines, including stupas, dagobas and pagodas, across Asia.
See also: Painting, Sculpture, Relief, Renaissance, Movement