Japanese Researchers Identified A Mythical Creature Image at Bamiyan Site
07-24-2018    The Japan Times
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The image of a mythical creature has been found on a seventh century Buddhist mural in a cave at the Bamiyan ruins in central Afghanistan, a team of Japanese researchers said July 25, having successfully removed soot from the work.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The design looks like an image of Simorgh, a fabled bird in Persian mythology with the body and wings of an eagle, legs of a lion and tail of a peacock, team members said. But others said it more resembles the <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Griffin</st1:place></st1:City>, a legendary creature also in Persian mythology with the body of a lion and head and wings of an eagle.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>It is the first time a clear picture has been identified at Bamiyan, the site of an early Buddhist monastery featuring some 1,000 stone caves on cliffs facing Bamiyan city some <st1:chmetcnv w:st="on" TCSC="0" NumberType="1" Negative="False" HasSpace="True" SourceValue="240" UnitName="km">240 km</st1:chmetcnv> west of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Kabul</st1:place></st1:City>.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>It is an important discovery indicating how East and West met and mixed at a crossroads on the ancient <st1:place w:st="on">Silk Road</st1:place>, experts said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Japanese team is from the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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