[Buddha-l] FW: [Indo-Eurasia] 62-feet 'sleeping Buddha' found at Bamiyan, Afghanistan
jkirk at spro.net
Mon Sep 8 13:49:47 MDT 2008
The French also were involved in these excavations, although they
probably weren't there when this discovery was unearthed.
Wow--maybe they are getting close to he 300m one noted by
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62-feet 'sleeping Buddha' found at Bamiyan
Afghans unearth 19-metre Buddha statue, relics
KABUL (Reuters) - Archaeologists have discovered a 19-metre (62-
foot) Buddha statue along with scores of other historical relics
central Afghanistan near the ruins of giant statues destroyed by
Islamist Taliban seven years ago.
The team was searching for a giant sleeping Buddha believed to
been seen by a Chinese pilgrim [Xuangzhan] centuries ago when it
came upon the
relics in the central province of Bamiyan, an official said on
"In total, 89 relics such as coins, ceramics and a 19 meters
have been unearthed," Mohammad Zia Afshar, adviser in the
information and culture ministry, told Reuters.
He said the idol, in sleeping posture, was badly damaged. The
relics dated back to the Bactrian era and from Islamic and
Lying on the old Silk Road and linking West with the East,
was once a thriving Buddhist centre where monks lived in caves.
2001 the Taliban blew up two giant standing Buddha statues carved
into a cliff face saying they were offensive to Islam, despite
Later that year U.S.-led and Afghan forces toppled the Taliban
government, and work has begun to restore the biggest of the two
destroyed statues, once the tallest standing Buddha in the world.
The mammoth task is expected to take a decade.
The latest discovery has raised hopes of finding a 300-metre-long
Buddha statue that according to an ancient Chinese pilgrim is
in Bamiyan, Afshar said.
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