Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Dazu Rock Carvings - CHINA - UNESCO #912

This second card from China is from an amazing UNESCO site I confess I didn't knew before this swap -  the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues, with over 100,000 Chinese characters with influence of 3 different religions... and that is what amazes me, the pacific coexistence of 3 religions and their worshipers (just think of Jerusalem, a sacred place to 3 religions and in permanent war for more than 2000 years!). Thank you very much Broogood, my collection is now richer and the counting rises to 64 down, 917 to go. This postcard took 24 days to arrive!

UNESCO #912 - Dazu Rock Carvings - CHINA
 
The steep hillsides of the Dazu area contain an exceptional series of rock carvings dating from the 9th to the 13th century. They are remarkable for their aesthetic quality, their rich diversity of subject matter, both secular and religious, and the light that they shed on everyday life in China during this period. Dazu Rock Carvings not only underline the harmonious coexistence in China of three different religions, namely Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, but also provide material proof that cave temple art has increasingly shed light on everyday life.



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