ronnewmexico wrote:Solely conjecture but there could conceivably be more here than meets the eye.
Buddhism in China at the time of the initiation of guns/firearms was in a period of decline being replaced eventually by Confusian thought. UNtil after the Mongule invasion when it received a revival of sorts.
The Mongule leader being converted when a teacher of Buddhism saw the armies of the Mongules killing indiscriminately Huan chinese, and brought the leader to the error of his ways,
The firearms were first developed by the Chinese to defend their borders north and south against the exterior enemies which included Mongules(though I don't believe they were Buddhists at this time) . Which is very roughly when this was painted.
Were these simple descriptions of weapons used in that portrayal of the initial enlightenement or was there a ploitical statement of sorts being made....
Whoever painted the painting invariably knew firearms were a very recent chinese invention and not present at the time of the Buddha. But they well may have just included it.....or....was it a slight to the holders of the new weapons and the politic they represented/enemies of the buddha?
China is very complex
ronnewmexico wrote:Yes, could be thinking of the most terrible things, or if this was a cosmopolitan area of diverse interest could it possibly be perhaps a person of Tibetan buddhist influence back in the day making a statement of the Chinese(holders of this weaponry) being negative?
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