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July 30, 2011

Stupas and the Remains of the Buddha

Filed under: art — Tags: , , , , — caribbeanandworldrecipes @ 1:34 am

The Buddha is an important figure in Indian culture, and Buddhism is often regarded as one ofIndia’s greatest exports.

 

The teachings of the Buddha on moral and ethical behavior and the way to achieve enlightenment have aroused interest among different groups in many parts of the world. Images of the Buddha are prevalent in Indian art and Japanese art.

When the Buddha died, he was cremated and his ashes were placed in mounds known as stupas. Originally, there were only eight stupas, however later on, one ofIndia’s kings decided that the Buhha’s ashes should be distributed in other parts of the country. That king was Ashoka.

 

Buddhist pilgrims often visit the stupas in order to be near the energy that they believe is emanated from them.

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