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  • The Bamiyan Buddhas, destroyed by the Taliban, are reborn as holograms

    06/15/2015 11:08:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | Mark Whittington
    The Bamiyan Buddhas were erected in the 5th Century in a valley in Afghanistan astride the Silk Road near the border with Persia. Towering 58 meters and 38 meters respectively, they looked down on the valley from their niches in the side of a cliff from around the time of the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the Taliban. The Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan, blew the Buddhas up for being an affront to their version of Islam in March 2001, months before the attacks of 9/11 touched off a chain of events that led to their downfall....
  • Saudi Graduate Student Vandalizes & Destroys Ancient Buddha Statues in Japan (Video)

    06/12/2014 5:36:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    The Gateway Pundit. ^ | June 12, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sudden Jihad Syndrome Japan– A Saudi graduate student vandalized and destroyed several ancient Buddhas that were designated as important Japanese cultural symbols in downtown Tokyo. One of the statues was 300 years old. The incident happened around midnight. The man said he carried out a similar attack at another temple.
  • Iran confiscates Buddha statues from shops

    02/17/2013 8:12:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 4:23 AM EST
    An Iranian newspaper is reporting that government authorities are confiscating Buddha statues from shops in Tehran to stop the promotion of Buddhism in the country. … Iran has long fought against items, such as Barbie dolls and Simpsons cartoon characters, to defuse Western influence, but this appears to be the first time that Iranian authorities are showing an opposition to symbols from the East. …
  • Debating the future of Afghan Buddhas

    08/25/2007 11:54:52 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 437+ views
    BBC News ^ | August 25 2007 | Charles Haviland
    Seven years ago, it was a place of serene contemplation. Now it is a vast, gaping chasm, filled with dust, noise and what looks like rubble, with signs warning that hard hats must be worn. This is the niche which used to house the one of the world's tallest Buddhas - 55 metres high. In it you can still see slight swellings where its feet used to be, and ghostly traces of where the head and neck were. In the early morning light, a huge bulldozer shifts massive blocks of the destroyed colossus, already labelled and classified, into undercover storage...
  • China claims sole right to pick living Buddhas

    08/03/2007 11:00:53 AM PDT · by BGHater · 47 replies · 606+ views
    AP ^ | 03 Aug 2007 | AP
    Ratcheting up its control over Tibetan Buddhism, China Friday claimed the sole right Friday to recognize living Buddhas, reincarnations of famous lamas that form the backbone of the religion's clergy. All future incarnations of living Buddhas related to Tibetan Buddhism “must get government approval,” the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the State Administration for Religious Affairs. China's officially atheistic communist government has increasingly sought to direct Tibetan Buddhism, for centuries the basis of Tibet's civil, religious, cultural and political life. Reincarnate lamas, known as tulkus, often lead religious communities and oversee the training of monks, giving them enormous influence...
  • Bin Laden's fingerprints seen on ruins of Bamiyan Buddhas

    10/21/2006 12:59:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,559+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/06 | Selim Saheb Ettaba
    BAMIYAN, Afghanistan (AFP) - In a huge cavity dug into the side of a cliff, workers search through the rubble to exhume the remains of the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan. At the scene of the crime carried out in 2001 all evidence points to Osama bin Laden as the mastermind. "This is the terrorism of the Taliban," says Rahim, an official at the work site in front of the empty niche of the biggest of the two statues, one of which stood 55 metres (182 feet) tall and the other 38 metres. Wearing a hard hat and a mask over...
  • Afghan Buddhas recreated

    11/02/2005 2:10:01 PM PST · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 523+ views
    The PakTribune ^ | Thursday November 03, 2005
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. KABUL: A Japanese artist is to recreate Afghanistan`s destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas using dozens of laser beam images. Hiro Yamagata says the £34m project will also create electricity for local people. The 1,500-year Buddhas were carved into sandstone cliffs but were destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban regime for being "un-Islamic". The project will see the Buddhas recreated using 240 laser beam images, 120 laser systems, 10 windmills and 11,988 solar energy panels. It is hoped the hi-tech project could turn the area into a tourist attraction and reinvigorate the local economy,...
  • The Jihadists' War on Tourism

    07/27/2005 4:01:13 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 1 replies · 388+ views ^ | July 27, 2005 | Austin Bay
    Call it the terrorists' War on Tourism -- a war waged by jihadists that long predates 9-11, Afghanistan and Iraq. Last week's terror attacks on Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resorts left nearly 90 dead. The attacks also sent an economic and political shockwave throughout the rest of Egypt. Jihadist terrorists wage a war to create and maintain poverty. In Egypt, damaging the tourist industry does just that. Tourists climbing the Pyramids, sailing on the Nile and sipping coffee in Cairo are a source of very good jobs. In 1992, the jihadists launched an "insurrection" against the Egyptian government, and the tourist...
  • Buddha's New Birthplace Discovered

    05/24/2004 2:26:44 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 1,730+ views
    Suni Systems ^ | 5-24-2004
    Buddha's new birthplace discovered Kapileshwar (Orissa) May 24, 2004 9:37:15 AM IST A team of archeological experts from Orissa say their recent findings at the Kapileshwar village may help establish the small hamlet as the birthplace of Lord Buddha, instead of Lumbini, in Nepal. Officials at the Orissa State Museum, which conducted the excavation, said that the new findings, which included artefacts dating back to 6th century BC, supported the claims of Kapileshwar being Lord Buddha's birthplace. Buddhism was founded in India, when Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, attained supreme enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya in 6th...
  • Scientists Map Out Destroyed Afghan Buddha in Preparation for Reconstruction

    11/13/2003 1:39:55 AM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 868+ views ^ | 11/13/03 | Naomi Koppel
    GENEVA (AP) - Swiss-based scientists have created a model of a huge Buddha statue destroyed by the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan and said they hope it will be used to rebuild the ancient figure. The team used 30-year-old photographs and special software to build the three-dimensional model, which represents the larger of two standing Buddhas the hardline Islamic group blew up with dynamite in March 2001. International outcry followed the destruction of the giant Buddhas, which were chiseled into the cliff more than 1,500 years ago in Bamiyan Valley on the ancient Silk Route linking Europe and Central Asia....