Large Buddha of Afghanistan Destroyed by the Taliban | Student Handouts
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Large Buddha of Afghanistan
Photographic Image of Afghanistan for K-12 World Geography - South-central Asia - Asia
This is a view of the surrounding farmlands from within the caves at the "Large Buddha" in Bamyan, Afghanistan.  The famous caves were once inhabited by Buddhist monks who left behind a fascinatingly beautiful legacy of religious frescoes and paintings, which were partially destroyed by the fundamentalist Taliban. The Taliban, extreme religious fundamentalists, destroyed the statues because of an Islamic religious taboo against graven images.

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