Islamic Extremists Destroy 12th Century Buddhist Statues

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Islamic Extremists Destroy 12th Century Buddhist Statues

Postby Mr. G » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:37 pm

At the Maldives' National Museum, smashed Buddhist statues are testament to the rise of Islamic extremism and Taliban-style intolerance in a country famous as a laid-back holiday destination.

On Tuesday, as protesters backed by mutinous police toppled president Mohamed Nasheed, a handful of men stormed the Chinese-built museum and destroyed its display of priceless artefacts from the nation's pre-Islamic era.

"They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past," a senior museum official told AFP at the now shuttered building in the capital Male, asking not to be named out of fear for his own safety.

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Re: Islamic Extremists Destroy 12th Century Buddhist Statues

Postby Indrajala » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:54 pm

This isn't the first time, nor will it be the last unfortunately.

If you want to see some real destruction, just go to the ruins of Nalanda University. I took the following photo.

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Most of the statues seem to have had their heads removed with axes. The fate of the residents at the time was also rather appalling.
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Re: Islamic Extremists Destroy 12th Century Buddhist Statues

Postby Mr. G » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:31 pm

Sad pic Huseng. :(
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Re: Islamic Extremists Destroy 12th Century Buddhist Statues

Postby Sönam » Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:53 pm

It happens so today. I had a friend who moves to an Arabian Gulf Country ... she had many statues (buddhas) "broken" by customs officers. The reason given was that images of God are banned by the Koran. Ignorance!

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Re: Islamic Extremists Destroy 12th Century Buddhist Statues

Postby Caz » Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:41 pm

The causes they create will be revisted on them in a very unfortunate way. On the plus side seeing an image of a Buddha implants and indestructible seed for the potential to accomplish enlightenment.
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Re: Islamic Extremists Destroy 12th Century Buddhist Statues

Postby Blue Garuda » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:46 pm

There has been much statue smashing recently. We should have compassion for the destroyers and also realise that a statue is no more important than a pebble - it represents a Buddha only in our minds. Stone may be smashed but no Buddha is affected.
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