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Bombed Buddhas, Redux

by Staff


Tags: Buddhas, Pakistan, Religious Intolerance, Buddhism, Taliban, Spirituality,

For more than a thousand years, a statue of the Buddha watched over northwest Pakistan’s Swat valley from its 120-foot-high perch on a mountain. No longer. The statue—one of the most celebrated pieces of Buddhist art in the region—was destroyed by Muslim fundamentalist vandals in broad daylight, reports Vishakha N. Desai of the Lebanon Star [subscription only]. While the Taliban’s bombing of the giant Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan inspired international condemnation, the Pakistan Buddha’s destruction has been met by media silence. The attack also points to a mounting threat to the rich Buddhist artifacts and heritage still surviving in Pakistan. —Brendan Mackie

(Thanks, Buddhist Channel.)