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  Buddhas of Bamiyan: A Crime Against Culture: UNESCO
The great wonders at Bamiyan were two monumental Buddhas carved into the face of the sandstone cliff dominating the town from the north.
The Buddhas were probably executed during the 3rd to 4th centuries; the murals mainly during the 7th.
However, all involved are agreed that the cliffs of Bamiyan and the 600 caves and remains of the mural paintings with which they are decorated, should be protected and restored.
portal.unesco.org /en/ev.php-URL_ID=6647&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html   (431 words)

  
 Will the Bamiyan Buddhas Rise Again?
There's not much to be optimistic about in Afghanistan, but residents of Bamiyan are hopeful that the famous Buddhas of their town, destroyed by the Taliban in March of 2001, can be rebuilt.
Habiba Surabi, governor of Bamiyan province and the first female provincial governor in Afghanistan's history, is modest in her goals for the reconstruction.
The Buddhas' remains, which tumbled down the cliff-side to the valley floor, range from chunks the size of tennis balls to boulders weighing several tons.
www.tricycle.com /issues/innews/3564-1.html   (507 words)

  
  Kabul Caravan - Country Guide - Bamiyan
Modern Bamiyan is a small town shadowed by the high limestone cliffs that form the boundary of the valley.
The two Buddhas, standing at a height of 38 and 53 metres were the greatest product of the rule of the White Huns who ruled the region from the 4th Century AD to the Arab conquest.
During the civil war, the Buddha niches were used as ammunition dumps, and the statues often used for casual target practice by soldiers.
www.kabulcaravan.com /bamiyan.php   (1197 words)

  
  Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Buddhas of Bamiyan
The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamiyan valley of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2500 meters.
There were many statues of sitting and standing Buddhas of different sizes along the face of the cliff, and many of the caves were decorated by the monks with elaborate and brightly-colored frescoes.
In December 2004, Japanese researchers discovered that the wall paintings at Bamiyan were actually painted between the 5th and the 9th centuries, rather than the 6th to 8th centuries as previously believed.
fact-archive.com /encyclopedia/Buddha_Statues_of_Bamiyan   (892 words)

  
 BUDDHISM IN AFGHANISTAN
This new school on Afghan spill defied the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and his images became the cynosures of worship and veneration to the exclusion of primitive modes of worship.
Bamiyan valley in those far-off days was a great seat of culture, comparable to Nalanda, Ajantha, Ellora, Odanpura, Wikremashila of India and Mahavihara, Abhayagiri Vihara Jetawana Vihara of Anruadhapura of Sri Lanka and also to Cittalapabbata of Mahagarna of Rohana, in the southern province of Sri Lanka.
Bamiyan, lying on the trade route linking India with Balkh, through which trade in spices, pearls, ivory and cotton raw material were traded and it was also on the famous Chinese Silk Route, that linked Mid-west Asia with the Chinese Empire and other East Asian empires.
www.sidneysee.com /afghanitan.htm   (1316 words)

  
 Xuanzang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prajnakara then accompanied the party southward to Bamiyan, where Xuanzang met the king and saw tens of Theravada monasteries, in addition to the two large Bamiyan Buddhas carved out of the rockface.
From here, he headed south to Sankasya (Kapitha), said to be where Buddha descended from heaven, then onward to the northern Indian emperor Harsha's grand capital of Kanyakubja (Kanauji).
The Xuanzang of the novel is the reincarnation of a disciple of Gautama Buddha, and is protected on his journey by three notorious monsters.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Xuan_Zang   (2190 words)

  
 Afghanistan Architecture: Bamiyan Buddhas
The Bamiyan Buddhas were among the most impressive Buddhist monuments in western Asia before their demolition in March 2001.
Alongside the Buddhas, monasteries once existed here as places of sanctuary, but were abandoned in the 9th century as Islam displaced Buddhism in Afghanistan.
The two Buddha figures were commonly classified as the larger and smaller one (53 and 38 meters, respectively).
www.orientalarchitecture.com /afghanistan/BAMIYAN.htm   (258 words)

  
 Buddhas of Bamiyan information - Search.com
The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamiyan valley of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km (143 miles) northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2500 meters (8,202.1 feet).
In December 2004, Japanese researchers discovered that the wall paintings at Bamiyan were actually painted between the 5th and the 9th centuries, rather than the 6th to 8th centuries as previously believed.
Swiss filmmaker Christian Frei made a 95-minute documentary "The Giant Buddhas" (released in March 2006), on the statues, the international reactions to it, and an overview of the controversy.
www.search.com /reference/Buddhas_of_Bamiyan   (1670 words)

  
 Bamiyan Province Summary
Buddhas of Bamiyan, which dated back to Pre-Islamic Afghanistan, were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001 calling them "Un-Islamic".
Bamiyan (Persian: بامیان) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan.
Bamiyan city is the largest city in the Hazarajat region of Afghanistan, and is the cultural capital of the Hazara ethnic group that predominates in the area.
www.bookrags.com /Bamiyan_Province   (688 words)

  
 Rebuild the Buddhas of Bamiyan? - By Charles Paul Freund - Slate Magazine
It wants to recreate the larger of the two destroyed Buddhas (174 feet; the other was 115 feet); it even gained the support of the Swiss-based Afghanistan Institute, a UNESCO-supported organization devoted to threatened Afghan antiquities.
The Bamiyan Buddhas, on the other hand, appear to have gained their meaning—and sudden appeal—for most Westerners and the new Afghan government as a direct result of their obliteration.
That may not be the goal of rebuilding the Buddhas, though it might be its effect.
www.slate.com /?id=2060853&device=   (1217 words)

  
 Bamiyan
One article suggested that it was motivated by the Taleban’s religious ideals, narrow, as it may be to “eradicate anything they deemed heterodox to their narrow interpretation of Islam” “that the destroyers of the statues were not attacking Buddhism per se.” This could be the general motivation.
Perhaps it is the compassion of the Bamiyan Buddhas that the Buddhas had sacrificed themselves for the sake of the world.
At least in the case of the Bamiyan Buddhas no human life was lost unlike the situation in Tibet in which many have died, still live in fear and persecution and exile.
www.aloha.net /~horaku/BamiyanBuddha.htm   (2479 words)

  
 Bamiyan Buddhas   (Site not responding. Last check: )
During a 5 hour visit to Bamiyan, Afghanistan's interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai announced today an initiative to rebuild the Bamiyan Buddhas, calling the destruction "a national tragedy." The statues were destroyed a year ago.
Bamiyan, about 140 kilometers northwest of Kabul, was on the ancient Silk Route between Europe and Central Asia.
Afghanistan's famous Bamiyan Buddhas are due to be recreated by multicoloured laser images projected onto the cliffs where they once stood.
www.endex.com /gf/buildings/liberty/worldstatues/Bamiyan/bamiyan.htm   (1047 words)

  
 Bamiyan Buddhas: History   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The colossal Bamiyan Buddhas were extraordinary examples of this artistry on a scale that went unsurpassed in the history of Buddhist art.
The style in which the Buddhas in the Bamiyan valley were created was a mix of the prevailing styles of artistry in the area.
The Bamiyan Buddhas were created at the end of this time period during the Kushan empire, known for its further blending of cultures and identities.
www.mtholyoke.edu /~bhhankes/bamiyanhistory.html   (386 words)

  
 Buddhist Channel | Afghanistan | Osama ‘used Bamiyan Buddhas for shooting practice’   (Site not responding. Last check: )
BAMIYAN, Afghanistan -- 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.
The destruction of the Buddhas was an expression of the ultraconservative Salafi Islam, whose followers believe it to be a pure form of the reli-gion, according to Afghan specialist Olivier Roy, who adds that al-Qaeda followers are Salafists.
The destruction of the Buddha, he said, was proof of the influence of the terror network on the Taliban.
www.buddhistchannel.tv /index.php?id=37,3326,0,0,1,0   (689 words)

  
 e-Ariana - Todays Afghan News
Afghanistan's most spectacular memorial to their rigid beliefs is etched into a sandstone cliff across the valley from her office: two empty chambers where giant Buddha statues stood until the fundamentalists used rockets, bombs and TNT to blast them to smithereens in 2001.
Bamiyan lies in a sweeping valley along the ancient Silk Road, so harnessing its vast tourist potential is one of Sarobi's main reconstruction projects.
By the feet of the fallen Buddhas, the town's poor live in a network of caves that dot the cliff face.
e-ariana.com /ariana/eariana.nsf/allArticles/520FB6206EED86198725700B005AC1B2?OpenDocument   (992 words)

  
 Rebuilding the Bamiyan Buddhas - NW-1201WTCEXC - MSNBC.com
Nine months after Afghanistan’s fundamentalist rulers caused a global outcry by demolishing the renowned 5th-century Buddhas of the Bamiyan valley, their successors are planning to rebuild their country’s greatest archaeological treasure.
The idea of destroying the Buddhas was so repugnant to most Afghans that even the Taliban’s regional culture minister even disobeyed the order to participate.
For the Buddhas of Bamiyan, there is no scarcity of donors.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/3067334   (1018 words)

  
 The Buddhas of Bamiyan   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Buddhas of Bamiyan stood for 1500 years, perhaps longer, watching over a beautiful valley of people who revered them not as religious icons but a cultural treasure.
Over the many centuries, the giant buddhas, one over 50 meters tall, were hosts to pilgrims and tourists, and merchants traveling the Silk Road, and they welcomed all.
They worked away at the three Buddhas, firing cannons and mortars, and because these enomous carvings in the living stone of the Bamiyan cliffs were resistant, they brought in experts at demolition.
noosphere.princeton.edu /buddhas.html   (296 words)

  
 THE GIANT BUDDHAS | A FILM BY CHRISTIAN FREI
Fascinated by the legend of the "sleeping Buddha," a French archaeologist begins to excavate even as he decries the plundering of Afghanistan's history.
The blowing up of the two colossal Buddhas in the remote Bamiyan valley in March 2001 was a beginning.
However, "The Giant Buddhas" is not a film about terror, rather a film about transience, a film about the loss of cultural identity, about the search for truth, beauty and diversity.
www.giant-buddhas.com /en/synopsis   (678 words)

  
 The Buddhas of Bamiyan - Destruction - IGP - ETH Zurich
The Buddhas of Bamiyan - Destruction - IGP - ETH Zurich
The two colossal statues of Buddha carved into the sandstone cliffs of Bamiyan, Afghanistan, were demolished by the Taleban on March 2001.
During his lifetime of 80 years, Buddha Sakyamuni only allowed his image to be recorded as a reflection in rippling water.
www.photogrammetry.ethz.ch /research/bamiyan/buddha/destruction.html   (903 words)

  
 rebecca mead dot com -- Buddhas for Bamiyan
Earlier this year, after the Taliban blasted into dust two giant statues of the Buddha that had stood for the better part of two thousand years in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, a Swiss filmmaker and entrepreneur named Bernard Weber met with Paul Bucherer, the director of the Afghanistan Institute and Museum.
Although the Bamiyan statues had not registered significantly in voting patterns--the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, and Chichén Itzá were among the leading contenders, nominated by more than five million voters--Weber nonetheless asked Bucherer whether there was anything he could do to help restore the statues, or, at least, preserve their memory.
Weber, who is forty-nine, says that his interest in the Buddha statues was prompted in part by memories of unesco's successful effort to save the Abu Simbel temples in Egypt, which were to have been flooded during the building of the Aswan Dam, in the nineteen-sixties.
www.rebeccamead.com /2001/2001_10_29_comm_buddhas.htm   (656 words)

  
 CPAmedia.com: Remembering Bamiyan
At around the same time the smaller and older of the two giant Buddha figures was cut into the cliffs; the larger is thought to have dated from the 5th century.
Subsequently, in the 17th century, the Persian ruler Nadir Shah is said to have 'broken the legs' of the larger Buddha, though this is less clear--the right leg, slightly bent at the knee, remains intact, whilst the left appears to have sheared away naturally at the hip.
The most obvious and impressive evidence of this past was to be found at Bamiyan, and it was the uncomfortable knowledge of this past, as much as the images themselves, that Taliban has now sought to obliterate with sledgehammers, rockets and high explosives.
www.cpamedia.com /articles/20010416   (1469 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Why the Taliban are destroying Buddhas   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Since, unlike the Buddha, most of us are caught up in endless "selfness" today, news media worldwide now trumpet a rising animus toward the Taliban from foes and their few allies alike.
The colossal Buddhas were cut at immeasurable cost (probably in the third and fifth centuries A.D.) into the tall, sandstone cliffs surrounding Bamiyan, an oasis town in the center of a long valley that separates the mountain chains of Hindu Kush and Koh-i-Baba.
It is fitting that in his previous lives, as recorded in Jakata Tales, the Buddha often sacrificed himself, becoming food for a tiger and her cubs, for instance, and for a hungry hawk chasing a pigeon.
www.usatoday.com /news/science/archaeology/2001-03-22-afghan-buddhas.htm   (1431 words)

  
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The two ancient statues, carved into a cliff in Bamiyan in central Afghanistan, were destroyed.
commemorating the birth and enlightenment of the Buddha.
The reconstruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas is of great importance to the Afghan
www.martinejacobs.com /Bamiyan.htm   (347 words)

  
 Courtauld Institute of Art : Photographic Collections & Services
Some traces of paint remained for archaeologists to examine in the 20th century, and in the 7th century, the Chinese pilgrim Hsuan-Tsang thought they were made of gold.
The sandstone cliffs at Bamiyan in the Hindu Kush housed a huge monastery of Buddhist monks, who hollowed out living quarters and temples for themselves deep within the rock.
If he did not care for the Buddhas themselves, he thought the countryside round them some of the most beautiful he had ever seen, and his distant photographs across the valley to the cliffs in which the Buddhas are carved bring out the phenomenal scale of these great rock sculptures.
www.courtauld.ac.uk /research/photographic/conway/bamiyan_buddahs/bamiyan_buddhas.html   (713 words)

  
 NPR : The Buddhas of Bamiyan
Ignoring international pleas to spare the ancient works of art, the Taliban razed the statues because they were made in the image of a man. By the Taliban's reckoning, that's a sin.
Now, outside the village of Bamiyan, over which the Buddhas towered, two gashes remain in the Koh-e Baba mountains.
He talked to several townspeople and found that the destruction of the statues was far from the worst crime the Taliban committed there.
www.npr.org /programs/wesat/features/2002/feb/buddha/buddha.html   (355 words)

  
 Destruction in Bamiyan - NIE: Newspapers in Education
The ancient statues were the tallest Buddhas in the world, standing at 53 meters (175 feet) and 36 meters (120 feet).
To better understand the significance of the Buddha statues at Bamiyan, you should know a little about the basic tenets of Buddhism and the story of the foundation of Buddhism.
The ancient Buddha statues of Bamiyan held enormous significance as artifacts of the world's cultural heritage.
www.cincinnati.com /nie/archive/03-20-01   (890 words)

  
 Buddhas of Bamiyan - report on evening lecture September 2005
The autumn lecture series got off to a flying start (literally) with Professor Armin Gruen of ETH Zurich presenting a tour of recent heritage applications which his prestigeous institute has been involved with.
From Ayers Rock in Australia to Xochicalco in Mexico, Prof Gruen took us on a breathtaking trip which included such notable sites as the Bammyan Buddhas in Afghanistan where both terrestrial and aerial stereo photography are helping to digitally re-create the statues so wantonly destroyed by the Taliban.
The work would not be possible but for the happenstance of a trip by Professor Kostka of Graz University in 1970 who took a number of close-range metric photographs on glass plates of the two statues, thus recording their exact form for posterity.
www.rics.org /Environmentalandlandconsultancy/Geomatics/buddhas_lecture.html   (467 words)

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