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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 02:45 PM
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Pictures: 3,000 Ancient Buddhas Unearthed in China

The head of a Buddha statue peeks above the dirt in Handan (map), China, where archaeologists have reportedly unearthed nearly 3,000 Buddha statues, which could be up to 1,500 years old. Photograph by Sun Zifa, Imaginechina/AP
Ker Than
Published April 17, 2012

The discovery is believed to be the largest of its kind since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, an archaeologist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences told reporters in late March, according to the Associated Press.

The Buddha statuesmost of which are made of white marble and limestone and many of which are brokencould date back to the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi dynasties (A.D. 534 to 577), experts say.

The statuesdiscovered during a dig outside of Ye, the ancient capital of the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi dynastiesmay have been rounded up and buried after the fall of the Northern Qi dynasty by later emperors in an attempt to purge the country of Buddhism.

"It may have been that some of the ruins and broken sculptures from the past were gathered from old temple sites and buried in a pit," said Katherine Tsiang, director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago.

More: National Geographic Story
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 03:33 PM
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1. Religious purge...
I wonder what religion replaced Buddhism in the Northern Qi dynasty? :shrug:



The statuesdiscovered during a dig outside of Ye, the ancient capital of the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi dynastiesmay have been rounded up and buried after the fall of the Northern Qi dynasty by later emperors in an attempt to purge the country of Buddhism.
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 04:46 PM
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2. Possibly Zoroastrianism
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 07:08 PM
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3. I did some search...think it could be Daoism, Confusious Beliefs..and then Corrupt Govt. Appointees
Did some poking around Bing Search...putting in the keywords to try to find out who might have wanted to bury the Buddha

I read through a few sites and think it might be that there was a problem between the Daoists, Confusionists and the Buddha..

This was a fun site (due to the translation)...but, had some air of authenticity to it. :shrug:

Do you ever watch those Chinese (Singapore Produced for many) movies about "Monkey Man Legend" and some of the Jet Li Stuff? and the "Crouching Tiger" and "House of Flying Daggers"...(MY FAVE for Beautiful Videography...and a lovely storyline)

Here's the link I think was translated from Chinese. (BTW: Had some time off from my job after my 10 Day Road Trip ...so it was fun to search the link from the site you gave... :hi: Chinese History is Fascinating...

http://www.history-of-china.com/xia-dynasty /


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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 11:38 PM
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4. Wow! Thanks for the research and the suggestions, Koko!
A Buddha dump.

Who would ever have thought of that?

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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-19-12 11:10 PM
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6. I find Chinese history to be very interesting also.
Glad you got some rest! :hi:
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 07:33 PM
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9. I know... I was a little or MUCH OTT in my few posts here with frustration
over laptop. If it was the Old DU...I probably would have gotten BANNED for my rants.

You all were very helpful in getting back on here. I could read sometimes...but, not post...or I could Post and then not read. It was a nightmare... :scared:

Don't EVER buy a new Laptop/Notebook and then figure you will Reprogram it while "ON THE ROAD!" It's disaster.

You guys were all great with that stuff I was posting in anger. :hi: :grouphug:
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-21-12 01:04 AM
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10. Patience is my profession.
Also, I'm a Mac user :evilgrin: :hide:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-19-12 04:42 AM
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5. Really interesting. Thanks.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 06:36 PM
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7. KoKo, there was that cheesy but fun movie by Jet Li and Jackie Chan, forget what it's called.
Where the American Teenager gets thrust back into Ancient China.



3000 buddhas? Why does China always insist that more = better?
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 07:17 PM
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8. Thanks...Check this one Out...if you can find it with Netflix or however..
Edited on Fri Apr-20-12 07:28 PM by KoKo
Love your GRAPHIC!

Here...Check out the Images... I think you might like this one. I watched it in full screen theater when it came out. Breathtaking visuals. The story is quite romantic but hard hitting at the same time.

Don't know where you access your Videos...but, here's link. It's a BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED MOVIE...THE VISUALS are Incredible. And...for us romantics ....the combination of Visuals and Story Line is an Experience that nurtures our souls.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=House+of+the+Flying...

Track it Down from your sources and let me know what you think ...if you can find it to watch, please...

:-)'s

It's MY OWN PONIES....but, in People FORM!
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-21-12 06:33 PM
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11. Oh,. I've sEEn PART of that movie... I love that sort of movie!!
Chinese Fantasy ... Wuxia, i think it's called... that's what I learned from reading TV Tropes Wiki:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Wuxia

Which used to be my source for all sorts of things... 'til it got taken over by uncreative nerds that started deleting all the humor from the site (I used to edit over there all the time.) TV Tropes predicted ponies, they have their ear to the ground when it comes to cult phenomena, anonymous memes and so forth.

Anyhow, I love Chinese Fantasy, they used to make more of it back when studios invested in traditional film with live action -- and not digital 3-d spectacle.

Have you seen Hero with Jet Li? I avoided it on the screen because it sounded overblown... it's actually quite good... the whole thing has an elaborate plot where you don't know which version of the story is real, like that Kurosawa movie... Rashomon. And each part of the film has a different color scheme. Magical Realism at its finest...

And of course Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon will make anypony cry at the end.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-21-12 06:55 PM
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12. Yes...Hero is definitely one of my FAVES...
Sometimes, though...it's good just to rent something that's visually incredible?

I'm happy for those ones.

If you didn't see the whole "House of Flying Daggers" but were "bit torrenting it." Well I don't know.

Maybe "bit torrent" is better.. But, is it because it's free. How do you know if it's the same thing?

:shrug:

Anyway...that's a good one. "Flying Daggars."
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-12 12:29 AM
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14. No, I support my local video store when I can
(they're a dying breed) but I haven't sadly rented much from them since we got cable and the quality of Hollywood offerings declined around the same time, making my desire to see films period much less, other than ones that came out in the pre-3D era. So I mostly just catch what's on HBO from time to time (that's all I use the TV for is to watch movies, other members of my family are addicted to crime shows, I finally got sick of it when I realized that's all that's on TV any more... and to think Dirty Harry and "true crime" was once rightly regarded as cynical and exploitative!)

I saw "parts" of Flying Daggers because I caught it on TV and loved the visuals... but didn't get to see the whole thing. :-)



Democratic Underground Ninja Donkey? ...... Not Chinese (but Last Samurai is cool too)
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-22-12 11:48 AM
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13. wuxia, "Martial Arts World" of Jiāngh (Thanks) That's fascinating..
and the graphic at the site....gorgeous.

This is a good description of why I find those movies fascinating. Reminds me of the times we live in ...in some ways. :-)'s

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"Although some wuxia stories are set in modern times, or even the future, most take place in the "Martial Arts World" of Jiāngh (江湖 literally "rivers and lakes") a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Imperial China. The Jianghu is a "shared universe", populated by martial-artists and monks, wandering knights and beautiful princesses, thieves and beggars, priests and healers, merchants and craftsmen. The best wuxia writers draw a vivid picture of the intricate relationships of honour, loyalty, love and hate between individuals and between communities in this milieu. It is implicit that law and government are unjust, ineffective and/or corrupt, requiring the xia to settle differences by force moderated only by their chivalrous code, and often forcing them to live as outlaws despite their noble characters. In modern Chinese, perhaps as a result of these connotations of a separate world with its own rules, the term jianghu has taken on other meanings, including the underworld or criminal gangs. "
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-12 12:39 AM
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15. Interesting isn't it :-) China clearly had a legacy of populism or at least anti-authoritarianism
Edited on Mon Apr-23-12 12:39 AM by Leopolds Ghost
Let's not forget that the current Chinese government's big "innovation" was to try and return to the totalitarian policies of the First Chin Emperor (the one depicted in Hero, who united all of China), killing scholars who preached old wisdom and so forth. The reign of his dynasty was mercifully brief... There was some controversy over Hero, because it was made in mainland China, folks claimed it made the Chin Emperor Shi Huangti look too sympathetic at the end.

A lot of Chinese literature, I think, (I haven't read any) is devoted to criticizing his reign, but the traditionalism supported by the devolutionists clashed with the need to defend China from Western invasion. The only alternative was offered by the Righteous And Harmonious Fists, I think they were called, but martial arts sadly couldn't defend against guns (Japanese swords could, and did for a long time, though, since they cut right thru everything else in close combat; see Last Emperor.)
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