They recover more than 1,500 religious objects in a lost temple in China

They recover more than 1,500 religious objects in a lost temple in China

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A team of archaeologists has discovered more than 1,000 tablets with Buddhist inscriptions, more than 500 stone sculptures and glazed tiles with inscriptions in a temple that had disappeared almost 1,000 years ago in China.

Archaeologists spent several months excavating a temple that was lost for nearly a millennium in Sichuan, southwest China, reported.

The Fugan Temple, which is located in the center of Chengdu, was a famous temple from the Jin dynasty (317 - 420) to the Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), which is mentioned by the famous monk Dàoxuān from the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) who recorded an official religious ceremony for civilians in order to ask for rain to end the drought existing at that time.

Curiously, after the ritual the rain began, a fact that raised the prestige of the temple in the eyes of thousands of believers. After this event, the temple began to be called «Fugan" what does it mean "perceive the blessing«.
On the other hand, the popular poet Liu Yuxi From the Tang Dynasty, he wrote a poem to honor and celebrate the temple's renovation, describing its divine character and important role during that period.

Despite its great fame, the temple suffered extensive damage during the later periods of the Tang and Song dynasties, suffering serious economic problems associated with military campaigns in northern China and the large, growing government bureaucracy, which made the temple could not be reformed or restored.

Almost 1,000 years later, archaeologists who excavated in the area where the legendary temple was hidden, they managed to find it and also find more than 1,000 tablets with Buddhist inscriptions and 500 stone sculptures. «We have only excavated part of the surface of the temple, but we already get an idea of ​​its glorious past“Said Yi Li, lead director of the archaeological project, adding that they also discovered the foundations of the temple, ruins of surrounding buildings, wells, roads and ditches.

Finding of more than 80 thousand-year-old tombs near the temple.

During the archaeological work, the researchers found about 80 ancient tombs scattered near the temple dating back to the Shang and Zhou dynasties (1600 - 256 BC), in addition to a large number of household tools, utensils and building materials from different periods of the Ming dynasty.

Wang Yi, Director of the Chengdu Cultural Research Institute, explained that “This discovery could contribute significantly to the study of the spread of Buddhism in China during that time period.«.

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