Yeah, that Buddha is missing a head, and the other one’s dreading the day his head gets chopped off. It’s a tough life, if you’re a Buddha… statue 😛
The first time I noticed these I thought they were just little statues that had fallen apart, but then I came across this little shrine under a tree, with a dozen statues strewn across. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM HAD BEEN BEHEADED, save for the main one in the shrine. WTF!?!
Are there people who go after Buddha statues in the middle of the night? Or maybe it’s part of some kinda black magic ritual? DO THEY USE BUDDHA STATUES AS VOODOO DOLLS!?!
I inquired some “devout” Buddhists (the kind that send their kids to Visakha), and someone said something about some jewels inside the heads. I doubt that’s true, and I’m sure more people would know about it and there wouldn’t be heads on ANY Buddha statues if it were true 😛
As myself and my brother marvelled at the headless Buddha’s I noticed some of their heads were still around, not on their necks, but on the ground. One was comically placed in the lap of the Buddha, right in his hands… ouch!
I took a picture, but my PC is bust so I can’t access it, will post when I get it though. Seriously though, WTF? WHY would anyone do that? As a Muslim we’re told not to worship statues and idols, but I don’t recall instructions to destroy or decapitate statues, that’s just… fucked up
Here’s what I found via Google:
Most of the Buddha statues were methodically decapitated either by Hindus, hundreds of years ago when the Kings insisted on changing the state religion every few years, or the Khmer Rouge.
Apparently this phenomenon isn’t limited to Sri Lanka.
Anyways, what do you make of it?