The history of architecture tends to privilege an object's moment of origin as the “authentic” focus of the discipline. The “lives” of an object, however, often extend far beyond the initial context of creation, as the object is moved and modified, forgotten and remembered, and reclaimed and redefined. In The Hegemony of Heritage: Ritual and the Record in Stone, Deborah L. Stein departs from the preoccupation of architectural history with origin stories, arguing instead for a “diachronic history of temples” (1). Taking the “lives” of two interconnected medieval Hindu temple sites in Rājāsthan as her point of departure, Stein explores how temples prompt various actors to construct...

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