PRR wrote:OK so then this is more of an aspect of Indian culture, that spread with Buddhism?
Interesting. Nor, of course, would this be limited to Indian culture. I recall the Colossus of Rhodes, as well as a statue of Constantine in a Roman basilica that was quite large.
There's also all of the enormous statuary of Ancient Egypt (even the pyramids are large religious monuments), the statue of Zeus that was also one of the 7 wonders, statue of Athena in Athens, the Totem Poles in North America, the elaborate statuary of Mayan temples... I believe the middle east and persia also had lots of large religious statues before the Abrahamic religions went on a tear against anything they considered an "idol".