Bamyan in afghanistan predating
Prior to their recent destruction, the 6th-7th century, rock-cut Buddha sculptures in the Bamiyan Valley of central Afghanistan were considered the largest in the world.
Known collectively as the Bamiyan Buddhas, the two monumental sculptures have amazed both Buddhist and non-Buddhist visitors for more than a thousand years.
[…] On 26 February 2001, the leader of the Afghan Taleban movement, Mullah Muhammad Omar, ordered from his headquarters in Kandahar that “all statues and non-Islamic shrines in the different areas of the Islamic Emirate must be broken” because they were worshipped by people of non-Islamic religious beliefs and were therefore ‘idols.’ This kind of worship, […] More than four billion dollars have, to date, been spent on Afghanistan’s power infrastructure.
And yet there are still considerable deficiencies, even in the country’s capital, which has seen most of the investment – and most of the progress.
Built in the 6th century before Islam had traveled to the central Afghanistan region, the two Buddhas of Bamiyan were famous for their beauty, craftsmanship and of course, size.
The taller of the two Buddhas stood at more than 170 feet high, with the second statue at nearly 115 feet.
They were subsequently blown apart and left in rubble.
But the technology that gives us images of Tupac Shakur or Michael Jackson in concert, or Narendra Modi on the campaign trail, have been applied to the Bamiyan Buddhas.
However, the sheer amounts of what should have been a blessing for farmers, turned into a catastrophe for some communities living in these areas, as the snowfall triggered a series of avalanches, claiming the lives of almost 300 people.Buddhism had long been an important religion in the region, having been introduced during the early Kushan period.Buddhism spread, in part, because it was not location specific.The illumination has brought relief to many of the locals who had been pressed into service by the Taliban in 2001 to destroy the Buddhas.After tank fire failed, the local workers drilled holes, planted dynamite and conducted a series of explosions to bring the giant statues down.