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Count the Buddhas

Frozen Memories

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This icon of Buddha was perhaps 6 inches high and was one of hundreds of Buddhas carved into a monument that stood as tall as a man. If I had to guesstimate a total count of Buddha images at Mahabodhi, I would say 10s of 1,000s. Buddhism is a religion that seems to be obsessed with icons of the Buddha.  Everywhere one looks around the temple and surrounding structures there are Buddha icons in various poses. This is in stark contrast to Islam where images of the prophet are specifically forbidden and to Christianity where the most common figure of Jesus is nailed to the cross.

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