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Scientific American Volume 57; Supplement. Books Group

Scientific American Volume 57; Supplement
Author: Books Group
Number of Pages: 830 pages
Published Date: 01 May 2012
Publication Country: Miami Fl, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781235877155
File Name: Scientific.American.Volume.57;.Supplement.pdf
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ...The temple is not one solid mass of masonry, but is built around the conical hill until the base of the dome is reached. Leading up to the temple is a broad avenue with animals of stone on either side, while two lions stand guard at the foot of the stairway of lava. Who built the Boro Budur? At what era did it first swarm with priests and devotees? We have no records of any sort to guide us. It is asserted by some that the temple derives its name from Boro, the district in which it is situated, and Budur, ancient; while others think it is a corruption of Bara, great, and Buddha. The latter is most probably correct, and the district has taken the name from the temple. The statues at Boro Budur are, to all appearance, images of Buddha; and no statues of undoubted Brahminical origin are to be seen in the building, although one was once discovered in an adjacent field; and in ruins at no great distance are many armed figures, evidently of some Brahminical god. It is hard to mistake an intended likeness of Buddha, for even the most inferior artist throughout the East seems successful in imparting to the countenance that smile of utter contempt for human affairs, which all, and Buddha most of all, must feel in Nirvana. At Brambanan, about 35 miles distant, as we have seen, are statues clearly traceable to votaries of Brahma. We know that in India the two religions flourished side by side until a period when, a bitter rivalry having arisen, the milder cult of Buddha was forcibly supplanted by the weird and fantastic gods of the Brahmins. Whether Buddhism met a similar fate in Java it is impossible to say, there being no reliable records until the conversion of the people to Mohammedanism in the fifteenth century. Some writers have conjectured that the sway of the ...

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