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Post Reply Should the Buddhas of Bamiyan be Rebuilt?
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Posted 1/28/17 , edited 1/28/17
The Buddhas of Bamiyan were statues engraved into the cliffs of Afghanistan in about the 5th or 6th century by Afghan and Chinese Buddhists. In 2001, the leader of the infamous Afghan militant group, the Taliban, ordered them to be destroyed, citing Icons are not tolerated in Islam. This upset the world, especially the Buddhist population, the statues being holy sites of the Buddhist religion. Japan and Switzerland are coming up with ways to repair the statues. The statues are on the UNESCO world heritage site list.

Should the Buddhas of Bamiyan be repaired, or should the world not waste time with them?



Left: One of the statues of the Buddhas of Bamiyan from 1962. Right: A picture of the engraved part of the mountain showing the area the statue stood in 2008.
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Nope
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They should, but you should probably secure the area and have lasting peace first. Otherwise who is to stop it from happening again?
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We were Buddha off without them.
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I think that is a novel idea. But the question is, at what state will the repair go back? Prior to destruction or as it was initially? And what of other places that were destroyed by war or by nature (earthquakes etc)? Should we repair those as well? Or see this situation as a lesson of conflicting beliefs? I do have a problem with private or public funds being used when those funds could go to combat hunger or some other cause for the betterment of the living.
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Posted 1/28/17

shugotenshi-atm wrote:

They should, but you should probably secure the area and have lasting peace first. Otherwise who is to stop it from happening again?


This.
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I don't think they should be repaired anytime soon but there should be a museum there if there isn't one already so the people there especially the future generation know about their history. Unfortunately though the taliban are making huge gains in the country again under their new leadership and a branch of isis has established itself in the country too so the future of Afghanistan does not look good.
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Posted 1/28/17 , edited 1/28/17
no

they shouldn't be destroyed either

just leave them alone
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It is a catastrophe. Something so damned old, destroyed. Something that could have helped us understand our past, lost forever. I don't know if rebuilding it will be of any use. The ones rebuilding it will be subject to politics and religion, and they'll probably screw it up.... Did they at least take detailed photos and measurements?
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I hate to see any national treasure damaged. I wouldn't bother at the moment due to political uncertainty. It would probably take decades and 10's of millions of $ to do an archaeological survey and reconstruction. Just look at the time it's taking for the Acropolis in Athens.
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It'll be a waste at this point and even if they do, it's simply a replica of the original despite being the same location. It's a terrible waste that the site was destroyed but we have to accept that this is lost forever.
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