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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:16 PM
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China lets Hong Kong display Buddha's finger
China lets Hong Kong display Buddha's finger

By MARGARET WONG, Associated Press


Last Updated: May 25, 2004, 11:32:48 AM PDT


HONG KONG (AP) - Beijing is lending Hong Kong one of the Buddha's fingers for public display, but critics belittled the move Tuesday as a political gesture to soothe anger over China's recent decision ruling out full democracy in Hong Kong.

"This is part of China's propaganda exercise," said pro-democracy lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan. "Beijing is trying to get close to Hong Kong people and cool the heated political atmosphere."

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Saffron-robed monks escorted the finger off an airplane that brought it from Xianyang in Shaanxi province. It was transferred onto a truck decorated in gold paneling and lotus flowers as a band played welcoming music. Senior monks prayed and sounded horns before the finger was driven to an exhibition venue.

Buddha died about 483 B.C. After his cremation, some historians believe his bones were saved by Indian monks and that a few pieces were brought to China later. The finger bone to be displayed in Hong Kong was among Buddhist relics discovered in an underground shelter at Famen Temple near the ancient capital of Xian in central China in 1987.

more... http://www.modbee.com/24hour/global/story/1394719p-8659...
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:20 PM
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1. Which finger
I'm sorry.


I'm sorry.

It had to be asked.

Somebody ban me.
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:22 PM
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2. I haven't been able to stop laughing since I read this article.
I know I shouldn't be laughing, but I just can't help it.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:23 PM
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3. Me, too. *giggle* n/t
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thebeaglehaslanded Donating Member (518 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:59 PM
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4. Let me get this straight...China is giving the finger to Hong Kong?
That's not nice! :D
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SayitAintSo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:32 PM
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5. Tibet should be giving the finger to China ....LOL
That would be more apropos..... :)
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:48 PM
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6. LOL
This story cracks me up. Been laughing about it all day.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:53 PM
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7. I somehow think the Buddha would be amused, too.
:shrug:
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