Author (Your Name)

Selby M. Conrad, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Colby Access Only)


Colby College. Religious Studies Dept.


Nikky-Guninder K. Singh

Second Advisor

Ankeney Weitz


Colby has allowed me to explore many areas of academic interest, especially art and religion. In the process of these pursuits, I have been especially intrigued by the similarities in world religions, especially with regards to lung's archetypes, and I have written several papers exploring this phenomena. It was these interests that lead me to the religious gardens of Japan and India, for they are the embodiment of spirituality and aesthetics. These gardens also allowed me to further explore the idea of archetype, since despite their vast differences their fundamental function is the same - to bring the viewer closer to the transcendent. My idea was that housed in the collective unconscious existed the human need to create a sacred space - a place where unconscious meets conscious, and individual meets divine, a place where one feels whole. Gardens, and sacred spaces, such as these are found throughout the world and pervade all time.


Zen Gardens, Mugbul Gardens