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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Buddhist ruins discovered in Taklamakan desert


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The ruins of a Buddhist temple dating back 1,500 years ago have been discovered in China's largest desert--the Taklamakan in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The findings offer valuable research material for historians studying the development of Buddhism in China.
These historic findings shed light on the development of Buddhism in China. In total there are more than 3,000 pieces of relics. The most eye-catching are the mural paintings. They are executed in a Greco-Buddhist art style, which was seldom seen after the 6th century.
The ruins of a Buddhist temple dating back 1,500 years ago have been discovered in China's
largest desert--the Taklimakan in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Archaeologist Dr. Wu Xinhua said, "It’s very unique. We’ve never come across such mural paintings in this area before. You can see the fusion of Western and eastern cultures alongside the spread of Buddhism in ancient China."
The treasures are all from a Buddhist temple located in the southern Taklamakan Desert. Excavation was completed in June last year. Experts believe the temple dates back to the Southern and Northern Dynasties, about 1,500 years ago.
Dr. Wu said, "The hall is the largest of its kind found in the Taklamakan Desert since the first archaeologist came to work in the area in the 20th century. The structure of the temple is very unique. We believe it is one of the earliest Buddhist temples in China."
The temple has become the point of convergence for scholars studying how Buddhism arrived in China from India, and its early development in the country.
The ruins of a Buddhist temple dating back 1,500 years ago have been discovered in China's
largest desert--the Taklamakan in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
The ruins of a Buddhist temple dating back 1,500 years ago have been discovered in China's
largest desert--the Taklamakan in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This would be a time around when the tocharians were living in xianjang province and the ancetors of the urghurs in china. Reasons the urghurs don't look exactly like the tocharians because they have bred with mongols and turks. The tocharians were a blue eyed blond hair caucasian people that lived there till they migrated into Afghanistan, I think as the kushans to form their own kushan empire, if I am correct. But, anyway this is great to find such artifacts and study to see if this is mahayana buddhism or theraveda buddhism coming into china. will defintely help clarify history.