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by sensipeter

April 19, 2012, Comments(3)
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Buddha picture: Statue found in China

Photograph by Sun Zifa, Imaginechina/AP

 

The head of a Buddha statue peeks above the dirt in Handan (map), China, where archaeologists have reportedly unearthed nearly 3,000 Buddha statues, which could be up to 1,500 years old.

The discovery is believed to be the largest of its kind since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, an archaeologist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences told reporters in late March, according to the Associated Press.

The Buddha statues—most of which are made of white marble and limestone and many of which are broken—could date back to the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi dynasties (A.D. 534 to 577), experts say.

The statues—discovered during a dig outside of Ye, the ancient capital of the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi dynasties—may have been rounded up and buried after the fall of the Northern Qi dynasty by later emperors in an attempt to purge the country of Buddhism.

"It may have been that some of the ruins and broken sculptures from the past were gathered from old temple sites and buried in a pit," said Katherine Tsiang, director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago.

In some cases, the Buddhist statues may have been buried by the faithful themselves in times of danger.

"In other sites, there are inscriptions that suggest that old damaged sculptures were not just dumped in a pit, but respectfully buried in an orderly way," Tsiang said.

Source and more photo's: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/04/pictures/120417-3000-ancient-buddhas-china-world-science/


Good

LotusLight

April 20, 2012, 2:34 pm
It is divinely awesome !
thought you would;  it really stirred within me, like it was part of me.......


Om Mane Padme Hum


All Truth Eventually Rises At The Surface Of Gaia!

Sensipeter

April 20, 2012, 12:42 pm
Feeling it deep too.

Om Mane Padme Hum


How Symbolic

LotusLight

April 20, 2012, 12:56 am
Very symbolic ~ a good time to be recovering the Buddhas.
I feel that they were buried to preserve them against destruction.

thank-you Peter for this news,
feeling it deeply,
Om Mane Padme Hum ~

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