Temples of Humankind
Nearly three decades ago, Italian spiritual leader Oberto Airaudi had a vision of sacred temples built inside a mountain near Turin.
As artists, artisans, and builders excavated the equivalent of a five-story subterranean building, it remained a secret from even its closest neighbors. Twenty years after the project began, the Italian government received word of the burgeoning community and became suspicious. Threatened by a full-scale military invasion, Damanhur revealed itself to local officials and the world.
This handsome coffee-table book offers a guided tour of the village, whose stunning murals, sculpture, mosaics, and stained glass draw from all sacred traditions to celebrate universal spirituality.
Merging ancient mystic customs and contemporary consciousness, intensive labor and visionary artistry, the story of this remarkable underground community appeals not only to spiritual seekers, but to artists and idealists from all disciplines.
Dimensions: 8.9" x 5.8"
Details: Hardcover, 119 pages
Author: Silvia Buffagni
About Silvia Buffagni
Esperide Ananas (Silvia Buffagni) is a writer, lecturer and the Damanhur Community Communications Director.
Ananas graduated from Milan University in Spanish and English Literature, and later gained a Masters Degree in Media Studies from New York University. Before joining the Federation of Damanhur in 1993, she worked for the European Parliament as the assistant to the Vice-President, and later as a communications consultant for Italian and international institutions. Esperide was actively involved in the press campaign to save the Temples.
Fluent in five languages, for the last 10 years she has been an International Ambassador for the Federation, sharing Damanhur's vision with political, artistic and communal organizations worldwide.
She has participated in many conferences worldwide on new society models, new financial models and the establishment of a culture of peace.
She is the author of Damanhur, the Temples of Humankind, published by CoSM Press NY, and the co-author of two comics on the history of Damanhur, soon to be translated into English.She also works for an innovative British consulting company, dedicated to bringing the arts, creativity and an ethical vision into the world of business and government.
Her dream for the future is to find partners to produce a major feature film inspired by the story of Damanhur.
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