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September 03, 2004

Reclining Buddha

Archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi searches for a 1,000 foot long Buddha of Bamian sleeping in the sands of Afghanistan. His source, a report from a Chinese pilgrim writing in AD 629.

The statue, probably constructed in the late sixth century, hasn't been seen in hundreds of years. If Tarzi succeeds in locating it, the discovery would mean more than uncovering the largest known statue of Buddha. It could be a psychic balm and a financial boon for Afghanistan, easing guilt over the Taliban's acts. "I do not want to dig just to wash away the shame of the Taliban," he said. "I am doing this for the people of Bamian and because I love what I am doing. Bamian is part of my country, and when I die, part of me will be here."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 3, 2004 10:09 AM

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