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Ancient Myanmar temple building collapses, six killed
Malaysia Star ^ | May 31, 2009

Posted on 05/30/2009 11:22:36 PM PDT by rdl6989

YANGON, Myanmar: (AP) A 2,300-year-old Myanmar temple building totally collapsed while workers were attempting to repair it, killing six people and injuring 30, witnesses said Sunday.

Some people were still trapped beneath bricks, bamboo scaffolding and other debris a day after the collapse Saturday, said Tin Shwe, who runs a small shop near the temple.

The tall, bell-shaped structure, called a stupa, collapsed because of age and deterioration, said a temple official, Tin Tin Win. Damage to the Danok temple was detected in 2006.

Tin Shwe said most of the victims were navy personnel doing reconstruction work on the temple, located in the southern part of Yangon. Military personnel often work on public projects in Myanmar.

Villagers from nearby communities also were assisting in the effort. The accident was not reported in the country's state-run media.

On May 7, the wife and family members of Myanmar's junta leader, Than Shwe, attended a religious ceremony at the temple during which a diamond orb was placed atop the structure. The orb fell to the ground during the collapse.

"Authorities are looking for the diamond bud (orb), relics and other precious ornaments" kept inside the stupa, said Tin Win Win, a member of a committee to collect donations for the shrine.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: buddhism; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; stupa

1 posted on 05/30/2009 11:22:36 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping.


2 posted on 05/30/2009 11:22:58 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: rdl6989

I believe was is it.

3 posted on 05/30/2009 11:34:42 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: rdl6989

Burma; yet another failed communist state on the China border, like N. Korea.

China seems to have this problem with failed hermit states that exist in its shadow, yet are protected and controlled by them.

Both countries treat their own people horrendously, and destablize their regions. NK simply tries to take it global by using nukes.

The MSM completely ignores that fact that both nations are virtual client states of Red China.


4 posted on 05/30/2009 11:34:44 PM PDT by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: Steve Van Doorn

Thanks for the photograph.


5 posted on 05/30/2009 11:41:21 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: Steve Van Doorn

That thing is PIMP.


6 posted on 05/31/2009 12:09:28 AM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: Steve Van Doorn

That’s the Shwedagon Pagoda; it was the Danok Temple that collapsed (per the story).


7 posted on 05/31/2009 1:35:21 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: rdl6989
"...said Tin Win Win, a member of a committee..."

Yo, Tinty!

AV

8 posted on 05/31/2009 1:53:46 AM PDT by Atomic Vomit (Vim Toot!)
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To: rdl6989; All
It was the Hsandawshin Hsutaungpyae Danok Pagoda that collapsed. Here's a story about the May 7th diamond-orb raising ceremony (click on the images to view them at full size):

Source of these images:  "The New Light of Myanmar" 8 May 2009 (PDF)

9 posted on 05/31/2009 2:12:01 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: snarks_when_bored

sorry if I made a mistake. I think this is a shot after it fell.
10 posted on 05/31/2009 2:28:02 AM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: Steve Van Doorn

Yes, that looks like it could be a post-collapse pic...the tower is gone. Nice find.


11 posted on 05/31/2009 2:33:51 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: rdl6989

For all its political turmoil, Burma really is an absolutely gorgeous country. This is a shame, but they’ll get it put up again.


12 posted on 05/31/2009 4:29:33 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: rdl6989
2,300 years old? What a shame.

There should be a law against anything that old collapsing.

13 posted on 05/31/2009 4:39:07 AM PDT by sphinx
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If Obama was there, he would have been able to save it! He can do EVERYTHING!
14 posted on 05/31/2009 4:48:43 AM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Lockbar

Sounds like it was one of Obama’s shovel projects.


15 posted on 05/31/2009 6:22:07 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: rdl6989

RIP for the victims.


16 posted on 05/31/2009 8:00:11 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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Wow. Thanks rdl6989. I remember seeing footage of a 2500 year old stone pagoda (probably on Unsolved Mysteries), I thought it was in Rangoon, couldn't come up with a picture, and this isn't what I remember. :') Terrible loss. [mp3]

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17 posted on 05/31/2009 9:22:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: sphinx

They just don’t make em, like they used to. The old timers really knew what they were doing. ;)


18 posted on 05/31/2009 1:12:00 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Jack Hammer

It used to be Siam, right?


19 posted on 05/31/2009 1:15:21 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Atomic Vomit

Tin Tin Win has an ancient connection to Hollywood and Rin Tin Tin.


20 posted on 05/31/2009 2:35:39 PM PDT by elephantlips
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To: fanfan

Siam is now Thailand. Burma is now Myanmar.


21 posted on 05/31/2009 3:37:06 PM PDT by brf1 (Give Peace a Chance! End Jihad NOW! (Thanks to freeper Darth Xenu for the tagline))
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To: brf1

Thank you.


22 posted on 05/31/2009 4:01:34 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: SIDENET

Thats BLING.


23 posted on 05/31/2009 7:39:36 PM PDT by Redcitizen (December 21, 2012; there's change for ya!)
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To: fanfan

Thailand used to be Siam; Myanmar used to be Burma. The capital of Myanmar, now named Yangon, used to be called Rangoon.


24 posted on 06/01/2009 1:45:06 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (here)
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