KHIN MAUNG WIN / APSunrise in Bagan, central Burma, on Jan. 25, 2013
Propped up on bamboo scaffolding, two artisans are gently applying a dissolving solution to an arched ceiling inside Ananda, a signature temple of the ancient Burmese city of Bagan. They are removing layers of a white coating that served as a rudimentary protective barrier against abrasive rain and insect infestations but also concealed pictorial details. To one of the workers, a pious Buddhist, removing this veneer to expose the original 12th century fresco is spiritually fulfilling. “Each time I uncover an image of Buddha on the wall, I feel delighted,” he says. The care given to restore Ananda to its original form is the exception, however. Hundreds of other monuments in the area have been subjected to what conservationists regard as historical treason.
Though Bagan is less famous than Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, Egypt’s Luxor or Peru’s Machu Picchu, its historical treasures are no less impressive. Some 3,000 temples, monasteries and pagodas stretch across a 26-square-mile plain. From the 9th century to the 13th century, the area was the capital of a kingdom that consolidated and controlled most of modern-day Burma, officially known as Myanmar, and served as a hub of Buddhist scholarship. To this day, Bagan remains a centerpiece of national pride and religious devotion, which explains in part why the country’s recent rulers have been keen to make their mark on it. Continue reading →
Story and pix by Dilrukshi Handunnetti
13 May 2013
Recognized as one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in India, for those who are on a spiritual quest or seeking insights into Buddhist settlements, the historical site of Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh provides the answer.
Well-known for its world famous Buddhist sculptures and the Lord Amareshvara Temple, dedicated to Lord Siva, Amaravati is of immense historical and archaeological value. Continue reading →
From Upcoming Issue Kyoto Journal #77
BY ISAAC S. BLACKSIN
Development, Identity and the Destruction
of an Ancient City in Afghanistan
PHOTO BY JEROME STARKEY
The story of Mes Aynak is perfect for mass media. It has controversy, violence, and an exotic locale. It includes the promise of national wealth and the consequences of corporate greed. It is the story of a struggle between priceless artifacts and polluting mines, between the growth of Chinese dominance and the entropy of American influence. There are explosions, bribes, and, if one considers the mystery of an ancient culture, even a little romance. But the story of Mes Aynak, told again and again in the international press, and passed around NGO boardrooms and academic departments, has itself created what Mes Aynak was, is, and will be. Continue reading →
Kathmandu Post/Asia News Network
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Nepal’s archaeologists have discovered artifacts dating from the Buddha era from an excavation site at Devdaha of Rupandehi district, which is located at a distance of 20km from Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini in western Nepal.
A team of Nepal’s Department of Archeology (DoA) started excavation at the Devdaha area some two years ago after archeological evidences suggested that it was the maternal home of the Buddha. Continue reading →
BUTWAL: Articles dating back to Lord Buddha’s time have been found in course of an excavation at Devdaha, Rupandehi, which is believed to be important from historical, archeological, and tourism point of view.
Mayadevi, mother of Lord Buddha, is believed to have born at Devdaha. The place is also said to be the capital of the then Koliya state. Continue reading →
Nidumolu stone inscription dating back to 1178 AD was found during the excavations at Nidumolu temple in November 2011.
Remains of Buddhist sculptures are still being worshipped as Lord Siva in all the major temples within the radius of 10 km of Nidumolu village in Movva mandal of Krishna District.
These are the places where Buddhism once flourished during 1st and 2nd Century A.D. and its remains are still available on the premises of as many as 11 temples till today and are being conserved by the locals.
The Buddhist sculptures under the control of locals are – pillars, bricks and half-lotus medallions – standing witness to the emergence of different stages of Buddhism. Continue reading →
NAGAPATTINAM: An ancient stone statue of Lord Buddha containing inscriptions believed to be dating back to 11th or 12th century during the later Chola period has been found by a group of archaeologists and historians at a village in the district.
The statue was found in a bush at Kranthi village earlier this week, during a field study undertaken by the members of association of archaeologists here. Continue reading →
When workers stumble upon an ancient Indian tomb in 1898, they uncover one of the most amazing discoveries in Buddhist history: a huge stone coffer containing stone jars and urns, over 1000 separate jewels – as well as ash and bone.
One of the jars has an inscription indicating that these are the remains of the Buddha himself. But the most extraordinary find in Indian archaeology has been marred in doubt and scandal for over 100 years. For some, the whole thing is an elaborate hoax. For others, it is the final resting place of the messiah of one of the world’s great religions. Continue reading →
A DOORSTEP gathering moss outside a couple’s home, which was identified as a rare Buddhist heirloom, has sold for more than £500,000 at auction.
Bronwyn Hickmott spent ten years trying to persuade auction houses, television antique shows and stone masons that the granite artefact was “something special”. But they turned her away until a local Bonhams expert examined the stone outside Mrs Hickmott’s home in Exeter, Devon. Continue reading →
When I first traveled to Afghanistan in 2004, I immediately fell in love with the country and its people, and I was optimistic that the young people in Kabul would soon have better lives. Yet my hopes dimmed as I learned about a revolving door of exploitation at the hands of the Russians, Americans and now the Chinese — who have begun mining Afghanistan’s plentiful natural resources and threatening priceless national heritage sites Continue reading →