Photographs from the British Library #endangeredarchives project.
Click any photo to view full size gallery.
. . . . .
. . . . .
More posts about the #endangeredarchives project.
See more monastery photographs from Mongolia at the British Library #endangeredarchives project.
With thanks to @bl_eap
Categories: Art, Buddhism, Encyclopedia, History, Tibetan Buddhism
It made me happy to see these
Richard thank you so much beginning the Bhutan article, links on Tibet history and especially to Arty Om the record of your travel to the Buryat Republic is wonderful and priceless; unforgetable for sure!
What was the reason they were destroyed?
The Communist government and it’s Soviet advisers waged a long campaign against the Buddhists. Often the timing of persecution matched that of Joseph Stalin’s persecution of the Russian Orthodox Church.
One report said that in the 1920s there were over 112,000 Mongolian Buddhist monks, representing around 13% of Mongolia’s population. By the 1940s, nearly every monk was either dead or disrobed.
Same thing happened it Tibet under the Chinese.
Ahh, I suspected so. Same thing happened in the Buddhist regions of Russia in the Soviet times.
Yes, all over Russia and China. Same for the Muslims, the Uighurs had very hard time.
John Snelling went to Russia in about 1991. He wrote about the Buddhists there (John Snelling – Buddhism in Russia).
If I can find it I’ll put up a link.
I have traveled to Buryat Republic in 2009 and visited three of the monasteries. Might be interesting for You.
The persecution and cultural genocide continue in Tibet under the boot of China. Counting on impermanence!