Nold Egenter
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Turner Dec 26, 2009.


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Nold Egenter commented on Keith Hart's blog post The uniqueness of humanity: a philosophical discussion (video)
"Sorry, the end escaped: Warm regards and Happy New Year Nold"
Dec 18, 2013
Nold Egenter commented on Keith Hart's blog post The uniqueness of humanity: a philosophical discussion (video)
"Dear Keith, the "Uniqueness of Humanity"? There is a book which came out this year (February): Axel Wagner: The Animal within You ("Das Tier in Dir"! I looked for an English edition but could not find any). About…"
Dec 18, 2013
Nold Egenter replied to VIJAY PRAKASH SHARMA's discussion Anthropology
"Some years ago I made a research trip from Vishakapatnam to Raipur with a taxicar. Was very very interesting. The problem with the rural aeas is: "civilized worldviews" (also of anthropology) project their evolved (spatially extended!)…"
Oct 19, 2013
Nold Egenter replied to Isabel Cardana's discussion Want to share bibliography and other resources? Put it here please. in the group human and non-human animals
"thanks! very important! I will get the book! If we work on an evolutionary theory of culture, we must get rid of many fictions, particularly those that used the neolithic village 'kosmos' (see Bollnow's anthropology of human space…"
Sep 6, 2012
Nold Egenter added a discussion to the group Archaeology/ Anthropology blogs


Ancient Babylonian creation myth The holy house, the Gods' house, Was not created at sacred place, Reed did not sprout, tree did not grow. Bricks were not put, substructure not built, House not made, settlement not constructed. Settling not made, living together not made possible. Nippur not created yet, Ekur not built Uruk not created, Eanna not built, Eridu not created yet, Eridu not built, The place of the holy house, of the Gods' house not created. The countries altogether were sea. The…See More
Jul 25, 2012
Nold Egenter left a comment for Than Vlachos
"Than Vlachos, yes I am home, but sorry, partly I was busy with a project, partly health problems, but now its ok, you are welcome! Have you seen the two papers at my site?Polarity in Art, Lifestyle and Ontology - Japan, a visual and theoretical…"
Nov 15, 2011
Nold Egenter replied to Nina Briggs's discussion Design: "exploring the deeper meanings behind the objects and the activities"
"Interesting hint! Thank you. Details later! Warm regards Nold Egenter"
Oct 8, 2011
Nold Egenter replied to Nold Egenter's discussion THE IONIAN COLUMN - Dialogues into Architectural Anthropology in the group Anthropology of Art, Material Culture and Museum Ethnography
"Sorry, the text was too long to put it after the main illustration, but you find it as the third attachment: Ionian Column 09E_zzz. Attachments 07c and 07d provide illustrations of Ishtar sanctuaries as pre-urban cattle-breeder types. It must have…"
Oct 2, 2011
Nold Egenter added a discussion to the group Anthropology of Art, Material Culture and Museum Ethnography
Oct 2, 2011
Nold Egenter left a comment for Arnab Sen
"could you please send me your surface mail address. I would like to send you the book about my study of 100 villages in Japan with the suggestion to do something similar in India. Warm regards, Nold Egenter (below: sacred pillar of our Maharashtra…"
Sep 30, 2011
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Sep 30, 2011
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Bollnow_O_F: 'kosmos' originally = harmonious order of village

Pope in Germany: Creation Story in fact rooted in territorial rites of neolithic village foundation? See Winckler 1906 "Babylonian Creation Myths"!
Sep 27, 2011
Nold Egenter left a comment for Arnab Sen
"Dear Arnab Sen,• Today religion in India interpretes deities in general as history-based, as mythical figures, mostly presented in anthropomorphous form. Travelling in India in rural areas I discovered that there is another evidently…"
Jul 19, 2011
Elaine Forde replied to Nold Egenter's discussion ANTHROPOLOGY OF HUMAN SPACE PERCEPTION in the group Anthropology of Human Space Perception
"Very interesting Nold,   I would like to make an analogy with bee space. have you heard of this? It refers to the discovery in C19th by Langstroth of the exact space requirements of each bee in a hive, (1cm or 3/8 inch). this spacing allows…"
Apr 13, 2011
"Please see also my paper: Nold Egenter: The Deep Structure of Architecture: Constructivity and Human Evolution in: Mari-Jose Amerlinck (ed.), ARCHITECTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (p. 43 - 81) Bergin & Garvey, Westport, Ct / London, 2001"
Apr 7, 2011
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"Hi Nold, Thank you so much for the papers, they are exactly what I have been trying to research, i was suprised about how little the subject has been looked into until discovering your work. The papers have clarified exactly how the history…"
Mar 27, 2011

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"How would you define culture? "

"Culture is something that is all around us but hidden from sight."

"Culture is a visual symbol that represents an abstract idea; it is veiled in allegory yet illustrated in symbols..."

Added by Neil Turner on December 25, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments



Culture is essentially based on aesthetics, I think. If one has an idea

of the evolution of aesthetics as "categorical… Continue

Posted on March 21, 2010 at 10:35pm


Anna Marie Schefer commented on Nold Egenter's group 'ANTHROPOLOGY OF HABITAT AND ARCHITECTURE'

Hello! I would like to ask what the name of the article about the interface of anthropology and architecture is? I am just starting being interested in the topic of Architectural anthropology. Thanks for advices! Best wishes, Anna


Good morning,

please excuse me for the delay with which I am responding your kind question. There was an… Continue

Posted on December 20, 2009 at 9:34am


Below please find a list of 10 selected papers on various

aspects of our "Anthropology of Habitat and Architecture"

Would be nice to have some discussions!

You find them with the following URL:



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THE SACRED TREES AROUND GOSHONAI / JAPAN - A contribution of building ethnology to the subject of… Continue

Posted on December 19, 2009 at 3:05am


10 BOOKS OF MY 100 VILLAGE STUDY (english version)


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Posted on December 16, 2009 at 6:05am


In the group ANTHROPOLOGY OF HABITAT AND ARCHITECTURE set up by Nold Egenter there is a new discussion opened. Its title is:


- Homo Territorialis -


The architecturally demarcated environment as basic factor of cultural evolution


It has the following… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2009 at 1:28am

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At 3:36pm on March 27, 2011, Felicity Bano said…

Hi Nold,

Thank you so much for the papers, they are exactly what I have been trying to research, i was suprised about how little the subject has been looked into until discovering your work. The papers have clarified exactly how the history archetecture is reseached from an anthroplogical perspective for me, as well as provided more information about what has been discovered. I am sorry to hear you have not been well and hope everything is better now, the Surbition address will be fine for sending any texts on anthropology.

Kind Regeards

Felicity Bano

At 6:49pm on March 3, 2011, Fabiano Souto said…
Hi, thank Nold. Good job your own. I'll see it easy. Best wishes.
Fabiano Souto
At 10:19pm on January 25, 2011, Peter I. Pap said…
Kindly thanking your comment. There was no delay at all!

At 4:52pm on December 20, 2010, Felicity Bano said…

Hi Nold,

Thank you for the friend request! I am in sixth form and so am fairly new to anthropology. I found the way humans interact with the surrounding environment particually interesting and so decided to do an extented project looking at the anthropology of archetecture, I have found your work so interesting and the main source of my research. It has taken quite along time to reseach all the anthropological theory to have a basis on which to understand the research into archetectural anthropology but I have found it extremly rewarding, particually the challenge to convential archetectural theory of the modern archetects, I think it would be interesting to build a piece or archetecture today taking into account the notion of design from an anthropological perspective!

Thank you so much for all the research that has been so useful to me, I look forward to studying more of your work.

At 12:43pm on August 25, 2010, MAI Saptenno said…
Dear Nold: Thank you very much for your information. I’m pretty sure that your forum is one of the most challenging forums for the lot of us who want to learn about your topic. I apologize for not responding soon as I had to go back and forth to the field so couldn’t write a proper respond to some of the interesting points from your Discussion Forum.

So far, I could say that your brief information on the videos and the videos themselves made me question the evolution of spatial signs and aesthetic symbols. I think they are somewhat the dimensions of iconology and psychosemiotics or something of Eco’s double articulation of code. I’m looking forward to other elaboration of your topic.

Warm regards

"In view of the present structure of cultural anthropology I think the concept of “habitat and constructive behavior” (or architecture) could produce a new focus point of cultural study in a field which is extremely heterogeneous, following essentially the historical concept of disciplines with their endless attempts to find an approach which could give us a general view on cultural conditions also in the sense of evolutionary processes. Habitat? Isn'this a general human condition at least explicitly documented from Neolithic times? Could it be a basic model for the development of civilisation, at least in the sense of spatial organisation of centralised city-states? Was construction/ architecture important in providing spatial signs and aesthetic symbols which produced an early spatial and symbolic order concept to these local settlements which formed the core principle for many secondary evolutionary processes?"
At 11:01am on August 5, 2010, Lamia Dorner said…
to bee or not to bee? c'est la grande question et je partage votre grande réponse
At 5:32pm on August 3, 2010, MAI Saptenno said…
Hello Nold:
Thank you for the welcome. I’d like to say first that your videos trigger many questions in my head and so I want to learn more from you and this forum. Your propositions provoke me to begin with a Wittgensteinean ritual of the 'meaning' is the use and following its continual sliding, in my confusion, I agree that the open texture has no limits. And yet, considering that as anthropologists we’re continuously exploring cultural processes, where nature hides behind the palimpsest of aesthetics, I opt for the ‘dessert of the real’ and wait where the simulacra will lead me, tagging along my pagoda box.
At 6:41pm on June 30, 2010, Lamia Dorner said…
Question: quel phénomène n'est pas culturel?
At 10:13am on February 15, 2010, Elizabeth Stanfield said…
Hi Nold!
Thank you for your thoughts: I agree that a comparative approach to understandings of 'normal' as it connects to architecture could be quite fascinating...
Would be quite the undertaking, but how interesting!
At 1:37pm on December 27, 2009, Vito Laterza said…
Thanks, Nold. I have read the thread and will try to catch up with the pdfs as well. Me and my partner have been chatting a lot lately about nestbuilding behaviour in apes and humans after reading your post and following your youtube video! All the best and happy new year to you too!


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