Where there is now just a hole was once one of the two largest standing Buddhas in the world.
Somewhere in Afghanistan there’s a statue of Buddha more than 1,000 feet long, according to the ancient journal of 7th century Chinese pilgrim Xuan Zang. Dr. Zemaryalai Tarzi, an Afghan archeologist with a sense of adventure, believes the legend.
He’s out to find the statue and make up for the Taliban’s disgraceful destruction of what were the world’s largest standing Buddhas. —PS
Try to imagine a stone statue reclining across the length of three football fields.
But it is more than a dream. Dr Tarzi is trying to make it a reality.
“At first, people told me I must be mad,” he recounted, barely concealing a smile, as we stood at his excavation in the midst of potato fields in the ancient Afghan city of Bamiyan.