Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Italian archaeologists study Buddha secrets in Pakistan

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(ANSA) – Bari, November 22 – A team of Italian
archaeologists has set off to Pakistan to study information on
the life of Buddha found in a recently discovered temple in the
city of Barikot, in the Swat Valley.
The temple, known as a Vihara, contains two bas-reliefs
experts believe date back to the Kushana period between the
first and third centuries BC.
The Swat valley is on the border with Afghanistan
One of the masterpieces depict the silent escape of
Siddhartha from the city, on horseback with followers.
The other depicts the 'Great Renunciation' scene, where
Siddhartha, the birth name of Gautama Buddha, leaves his nuptial
bed, and is taken to symbolize his leaving his wife and all ties
with worldly life, according to Bari archaeologist Francesco
Genchi, who is part of the team.
Also in the Swat valley, another group of Italian
archaeologists led by Luca Olivieri have unearthed 23 graves in
what is now known as the Udegram necropolis.
Some of the tombs are in excellent conditions and contain
stone rooms, relatively intact human remains, vases and other
items of daily use.

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