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Subject: [TheEndOfTheRopeRanch] BUDDHA GIVES THE FINGER!! :-)))))
Buddha finger leaves China for month of display in
South Korea Fri Nov 11,10:36 AM ET
BEIJING (AFP) - A relic believed to be the sacred
finger of the Buddha left China for South Korea, where
it will be on public display for just over one
month, state media said.
The bone, said to be 2,500 years old and normally kept
at the Famen Temple in the northwest Chinese city of
Xi'an, will stay in South Korea until
December 20, the Xinhua news agency reported.
It was previously loaned to Thailand in 1994, Taiwan in
2002 and Hong Kong in 2004, attracting massive crowds of
worshippers in each location.
Millions are also expected to turn out in South Korea
to see the priceless relic, according to Xinhua.
"This is an important event in the 1,600-year history
of friendly relations between the two countries," said
Master Monk Sheng Hui, who is in charge of
the finger's escort while in South Korea.
The bone had been lying in obscurity in a secret
underground chamber of the Famen Temple for more than
1,000 years until it was rediscovered in 1987,
The bone was found when a pagoda at the temple collapsed,
revealing a previously unknown basement. Archaeologists
entered the basement and found a grave stone explaining that
the bone was the finger of the Sakyamuni Buddha and that
it was buried in 874 AD during the Tang Dynasty.
Tang Dynasty emperors worshipped the bone. They later
buried it under the pagoda, along with several other
cultural relics which were meant as tributes to the