• Short Summary

    TWO BROKEN CLAY OF AVALOKETESVARA, THE TIBETAN GOD OF INFINITE MERCY, HAVE BEEN SMUGGLED INTO NEW DELHI TIBET.

  • Description

    TWO BROKEN CLAY OF AVALOKETESVARA, THE TIBETAN GOD OF INFINITE MERCY, HAVE BEEN SMUGGLED INTO NEW DELHI TIBET. BOTH HAVE BEEN BADLY DAMAGED -- ALLEGEDLY BY CHINESE RED GUARDS, WHO ARE SAID BY A PARTY OF REFUGEES TO HAVE DESECRATED THE CENTRAL CATHEDRAL IN LHASA.

    MR THUPTEN NINGEE, ACTING REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DALAI LAMA, TOLD REPORTERS THAT ACCORDING TO REFUGEES EVEN OBJECTS OF WORSHIP BELONGING TO INDIVIDUALS HAD BEEN DESTROYED AND THEIR OWNERS PUBLICLY HUMILIATED. MONASTERIES WHICH HAD BEEN PRESERVED HAD BEEN CONVERTED INTO OFFICES FOR THE RED GUARDS.

    THE IMAGE OF AVALOKETESVARA WAS THE FIRST TO BE PUT UP IN THE LHASA CENTRAL CATHEDRAL BUILT IN THE SEVENTH CENTURY A.D. IT HAD 11 HEADS AND 1,000 ARMS, WITH AN EVEN OF THE PALM OF EACH HAND. THE PIECES WHICH HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO NEW DELHI FORMED THE MAIN AND ONE OF THE ADDITIONAL HEADS. ACCORDING TO LEGEND THE CLAY USED FOR MAKING THE IMAGE WAS COLLECTED FROM EIGHT SACRED PLACES IN INDIA AND MIXED WITH WATER FROM THE RIVER GANGES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8RMWCHWG3R5BAX1MEA4YQY97N
    Media URN:
    VLVA8RMWCHWG3R5BAX1MEA4YQY97N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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