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Project Proposal For A Documentary On The Places Of Worship in Malaysia

By Karisma Productions

I. BACKGROUND A place of worship is a specially designed structure or consecrated space where individuals or a group of people such as a congregationcome to perform acts of devotion, veneration, or religious study. A building constructed or used for this purpose is sometimes called a house of worship. Temples, churches, and mosques are examples of structures created for worship. A monastery, particularly for Buddhists, may serve both to house those belonging to religious orders and as a place of worship for visitors. Natural or topographical features may also serve as places of worship, and are considered holy or sacrosanct in some religions; the rituals associated with the Ganges river are an example in Hinduism. Places of Worship are at the heart of the historic environment. Their function as centres for faith communities means they are key buildings within society. They are often the buildings with the longest period of continuous use in a community. Their position may inherit or reflect earlier traditions and as such, they are storehouses of collective memory, cultural identity and personal history. Their continued use, adaptation and evolution show changes to social activity, religious belief and practice, and the nature of communities over time. There's a sense in which these public buildings have "seen it all before" over many generations. They continue to accommodate celebration and grief, shared and private experiences, art, music, sculpture and toddler groups, political hustings, and self-help and addiction support sessions. These are significant spaces in which human experience has been and continues to be welcome. Under International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions, religious buildings are offered special protection, These international laws of war bar firing upon or from a religious building. Religious architecture expresses the religious beliefs, aesthetic choices, and economic and technological capacity of those who create or adapt it, and thus places of worship show great variety depending on time and place. Aesthetic and architectural value relates to the particular setting and landscaping, and architectural design, style, detail and construction. Places of worship are usually highly distinctive compared with other building types, as particular styles and settings often symbolise different types of religious buildings of the 19th and 20th centuries, depending on its denomination Most places of worship provide physical evidence that expresses the state of the religious denomination and society more broadly at the time of construction. They are also physical legacies of important phases in the life of the place, indicating influences from significant events or activities and historical figures, through changes in the physical fabric. The significance of a place of worship will be greater where physical evidence of the important phases survives in situ, than where the evidence has been greatly altered or no longer exists. Importantly, a place of worship may have historical value whether or not this value is currently appreciated by the members of its congregation The rarity and quality or representativeness of a place of worship can provide scientific or research value. This may be through outstanding, innovative design attributes for the time, or through expressing particular advances in technology such as an unusual construction method.

Places of worship most commonly have highly important social qualities embracing spiritual and cultural sentiment. They are recognised and valued by congregations and the broader community as symbols of faith and of historical participation in faith education. Places of worship are physical symbols of spirituality. Spiritual value is largely intangible, although it is recognised by the community at large even where there may be no personal association or spiritual relationship with the place

The cultural heritage values of an historic place of worship are often interrelated with liturgical practices and ritual. In some circumstances, social heritage value will vary with the value attached to liturgy and ritual by worshippers. Social value may vary between different places and worshippers. It is important to consult with all members of a congregation prior to considering change. Change may be acceptable from a cultural heritage viewpoint, but may not necessarily be in accord with the values some worshippers place on existing liturgy and ritual. Understanding other social values may therefore be important before considering change.

II. OBJECTIVES To imply the importance and significance of the place of worship in a community It explores the themes of worship, pilgrimage and sacred places, religion, family and the community and symbols and religious expression. To encourage and acknowledge a feeling and sense of belonging To explore the concept of community

III. PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN To identify the oldest places of worhips. To explore the role of these places in the communities of then time To influences of different in the archictecture of these pemises. To identify and know the impact these places had on the social values and norms To look at the significance these places in terms of economy and technological advancement.