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It's a real downer to see all those news reports of the Taliban deliberately 
destroying major examples of Buddhist sculpture, and the world not able to 
lift a finger. While you're still able to do so, get a look at those two 
large statues of the Buddha.

In Cambodia, the temple of Angkor Wat was damaged in the fighting, but at 
least that wasn't deliberate. 

Buddhism produced one of the world's great sculpture traditions, every bit as 
important as the Greeks. Of course we don't have a heck of a lot of Classical 
Greek free-standing statuary surviving either, especially the marble 
carvings. Over the centuries, a lot of the marble stauary  was broken up to 
make plaster, and the bronze statuary was melted to make cannonballs. 

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<BR>destroying major examples of Buddhist sculpture, and the world not able to 
<BR>lift a finger. While you're still able to do so, get a look at those two 
<BR>large statues of the Buddha.
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<BR>In Cambodia, the temple of Angkor Wat was damaged in the fighting, but at 
<BR>least that wasn't deliberate. 
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<BR>Buddhism produced one of the world's great sculpture traditions, every bit as 
<BR>important as the Greeks. Of course we don't have a heck of a lot of Classical 
<BR>Greek free-standing statuary surviving either, especially the marble 
<BR>carvings. Over the centuries, a lot of the marble stauary &nbsp;was broken up to 
<BR>make plaster, and the bronze statuary was melted to make cannonballs. 
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