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Afghanistan’s Destroyed Buddha Statues Return as Ghostly Projections

Afghanistan’s Destroyed Buddha Statues Return as Ghostly ProjectionsAfghanistan’s Destroyed Buddha Statues Return as Ghostly Projections

The historical Bamyan Buddhas made a return for the first time with the help of 3D image display projected in the empty place of the original Buddha that was destroyed by Taliban militants.

The device through which the 3D image could be displayed has been invented by a Chinese couple and was gifted to Afghan people as a gift from the people of China, Khaama Press reported.

The couple, Janson Yu and Liyan Hu, said the projector was built at a cost of over $120,000.

According to reports, a similar plan was recommended to the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan 10 years ago but the plan was not implemented.

The Bamiyan Buddhas were destroyed after Taliban militants blew up the world’s two largest standing Buddhas—one of them 165 feet (50 meters) high, earlier in 2001.

Among Afghanistan’s historical remains, Taliban’s biggest targets, literally and figuratively, were the two monumental Buddha statues carved out of the sandstone cliffs in central Afghanistan. The destruction work concluded in almost three weeks period which sparked global objection.

Taliban tried to destroy the Buddhas by firing artillery rounds at the statues but later used explosives after they did not achieve any result by firing artillery.

One stood nearly 180 feet tall and the other about 120 feet high and together they had watched over the dusty Bamyan Valley since the sixth century, several centuries before Islam reached the region.

The two 6th century monumental statues of standing buddhas were carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan Valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km (143 miles) northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,202 ft). Built in 507 AD, the larger in 554 CE, the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art.