3,000 Ancient Buddhas Unearthed in China

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3,000 Ancient Buddhas Unearthed in China

Postby Mr. G » Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:57 pm

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.

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Re: 3,000 Ancient Buddhas Unearthed in China

Postby LightSeed » Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:06 pm

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.


That's pretty interesting, amazing pictures!
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