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Afghanistan close to resolving mystery of lost Buddha of Bamiyan

Afghanistan close to resolving mystery of lost Buddha of Bamiyan
trefwoorden: Afghanistan - Boeddha - Bamiyan - 3e eeuw BCE
French archaeologists say they are a step closer to solving the mystery of Afghanistan's legendary lost "third Buddha" of Bamiyan.
After five weeks of excavations in the valley of the Buddhas, in central Afghanistan, the team of archaeologists say they have found evidence which could cast light on the whereabouts of the "reclining Buddha" mentioned by ancient travellers to the region.
The team has confirmed the existence of a monastery at the foot of sandstone cliffs which, until March 2001, sheltered two enormous ancient Buddhas.
The two standing Buddhas which date back to the 3rd century B.C.E, were destroyed by the Taliban during their campaign to destroy images which they regarded as un-Islamic.

Gelezen bij: Go Asia Pacific (16 september 2003)