Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Putting Buddha Together Again

In the week when the British Museum hosts an exhibition of priceless artefacts which were saved from the Taliban by the brave actions of a small group of Afghans comes news of the Bamiyan Buddha statues.

German scientists say it may be possible to reconstruct one of the two giant 1,500-year-old Buddha statues dynamited by the Taliban in central Afghanistan 10 years ago. Researchers have studied several hundred fragments of the sandstone statues that once towered up to 180 feet (55m) high in Bamiyan province, and found that they were once brightly coloured in red, white and blue, said Erwin Emmerling of Munich's Technical University.

Research has shown that the smaller of the pair – some 125 feet high – could be reconstructed using the recovered parts, even though there are some "political and practical obstacles" to overcome. Read more HERE.

As one of our Sangha members commented, "I rather feel that Buddha wouldn't care one way or the other, but it would be nice for the rest of us don't you think....?"

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