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Cultural heritage: Takht Bhai offers a glimpse of life under Kanishka {Kushan Empire}
The Tribune ^ | 10 Mar 2012 | Mahwish Qayyam

Posted on 04/02/2012 4:33:51 AM PDT by Cronos

A visit to Takht Bhai offers the chance to explore ruins dating back to the time of Kanishka, a Kushan emperor, famous for his military, political and spiritual feats.

Buddhists offered prayers at the site and left statues to mark their gratitude once their wishes had been fulfilled, said Dr Shah Nazar Khan, from the Directorate of Archeology and Museums, K-P, while speaking to The Express Tribune. People visited the place in the final stages of life to meditate.

Since the site is situated on top of a hill, it escaped the devastation wrought by successive invasions and is still well preserved, according to historians.

The Buddhist remains in Takht Bhai are believed to have been constructed between the first and the fifth century BC. The town is situated about 80 kilometres from Peshawar.

Many statues of Buddha were discovered at the site, which have been housed in the Peshawar Museum.

In Sanskrit, Takht means “well” and Bhai means “on a high surface” so the word means “well on a high surface”. The area was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1980.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is rich in archaeological remains of the Ghandhara civilization, but unfortunately the timeless remains from our collective past have suffered from government neglect and vandalism.


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: afanasevo; afghanistan; china; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; india; kushan; pakistan; silkroad; takhtbhai; taklamakan; tarimbasin; tocharian; tocharians; xinjiang
The Kushan Empire dated from AD 30 to AD 370 in the north-east of the sub-continent and stretching into much of Central Asia

The Kushans were Tocharians -- the same folks who had the "red-haired mummies" in western China


1 posted on 04/02/2012 4:33:58 AM PDT by Cronos
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To: SunkenCiv

ping to history


2 posted on 04/02/2012 4:40:37 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Cronos

Thanks Cronos. Especially that lower map. Good to see the areas of the various empires.


3 posted on 04/02/2012 4:42:17 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Tainan; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Tainan.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


4 posted on 04/02/2012 4:36:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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5 posted on 04/02/2012 4:57:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Archaeological finds reveal prehistoric civilization along Silk Road

6 posted on 04/05/2014 9:04:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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