Thursday, May 03, 2012

Bamiyan Buddhas

Today's culture break takes us back to Cheryl Benard, author of a mystery set in Peshawar, Pakistan, Moghul Buffet, which we read many years ago. More recently, she has been working on an effort to protect and restore the Bamiyan Buddhas, The Bamiyan Project. You may recall that these are the giant sculptures that were created in the sixth century and destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban regime.  The video below from Al Jazeera is a few years old, but it's still a good introduction to what is happening. If you have some time and want to learn more about the Bamiyan Buddhas' history, I recommend getting hold of the film The Giant Buddhas. Take a moment and step away from the headline news about the war and contemplate the symbolism of healing these monuments to peace.

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