The box with the “Buddha’s remains” found in China

Шкатулку с "останками Будды" нашли в Китае

A Statue Of Sakyamuni Buddha

In addition to the box with the ashes, the scientists also found the 260 statues of cultural and historical significance.

In China archaeologists have found thousand-year ceramic casket with the ashes of Buddha Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, is told in the journal Chinese Cultural Relics, reports the Live Science portal.

Confidence that this is indeed the remains of Siddhartha Gautama, who died 2,5 thousand years ago, archaeologists no, but that’s what the inscription on the box.

“The monks Ungani and Jimin from School Lotus, who served in the temple of Manjushri monastery Lunsin in the Prefecture of Jingzhou, gathered more than two thousand fragments sariri, teeth and bones of Buddha and buried them in the hall of the temple,” says the text on the box.

In Buddhism, siriraj called crystalline formations remaining after the cremation of Buddha and saints.

The Scriptures say that after the death and cremation of Buddha, his remains were divided between his students and members of the Royal families. For 20 years Ungani and Jimin allegedly wanted by the owners of the remains and collected the Buddha’s ashes.

Шкатулку с "останками Будды" нашли в Китае

Ceramic jewelry box with the remains of the Buddha / Chinese Cultural Relics

“They were sometimes Sharira as donations, sometimes found by accident, sometimes bought, and sometimes received as gifts from people who wanted to demonstrate its sincerity”, – stated in the text.

Except casket with the ashes of the scientists from the Institute of cultural heritage and archeology of Gansu province found 260 statues of cultural and historical significance regardless of the origin of the remains.

Statues the height of two meters was made between the time of the reign of the Northern Wei dynasty (386-534 years) and the song dynasty (960-1279 years). At this time, Jingzhou has been a transportation hub in the Eastern part of the silk road, explain archaeologists.

The statues depict Buddha, Bodhisattvas (seekers of enlightenment), Arhat (who found enlightenment) and the Heavenly kings of the Buddhist deities that protect the four cardinal directions. Some of them depict only the head, some figure in full growth.

Some of the statues have inscriptions. So, one of them stated that it was created on may 26, 571. The text makes reference to “student Bi Singin” perhaps it was he who made the statue.

“[I] realized I was embarrassed (…) every day because of my admiration for the Buddha, [I] donate to sculpt a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, praying for longevity and…,” reads part of the decrypted text.

Stoi note that this is not the first discovery “of the remains of Buddha”. Last year in a Buddhist temple in Nanjing archaeologists have found the stupa, which was parietal bone, allegedly belonging to the Siddhartha Gautama.

The age of the stupa made thousands of years for its production were used sandalwood, silver and gold. Its height is 117 centimeters, and a width 45. It was kept in an iron box, which was placed in a stone chest.

The temple was destroyed during the war, about 1.4 thousand years ago, Emperor Zhen Zong restored the Church, after which the parietal bone of the Buddha, and the remains of other Buddhist saints were buried in an underground tomb of the temple.


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