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Re: Name that Sacred Site -Sadako

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  • danw888
    ... and ... so ... The site is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Aug 6, 1945. 70,000 people are vaporized and another 200,000 die from radiation poisoning and
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 1, 2004
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      --- In sacredlandscapelist@yahoogroups.com, "danw888" <danw@n...>
      wrote:
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      >
      > This sacred site has among other shrines one with a vaulted dome
      and
      > the statue of a 12 year old girl. Sadako believed that if she made
      > 1000 paper cranes her leukemia would be cured. She was only up to
      > number 644 when she died, however. Schoolchildren often bring the
      > other 356 to the memorial in memory of the 356 her classmates made
      so
      > that she could be buried with 1000 cranes.
      >
      > Name that sacred site.
      >
      > Dan

      The site is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

      Aug 6, 1945. 70,000 people are vaporized and another 200,000 die
      from radiation poisoning and diseases brought on by radiation.

      Sadako was 2 years old when the atom bomb was dropped. She died of
      leukemia at age 12.

      At the center of the Peace Memorial is the Arts and Industries
      Building from old Hiroshima, the only building left from that time.
      It barely survived the blast. Its concrete dome was vaporized and
      you see only the structure of steel girders that supported the dome
      on top of the half destroyed building.

      People from all over the world send peace cranes that they have
      folded and linked together into chains of 100. The memorial is
      draped in thousands of peace cranes.

      For more on Sadako see http://www.sadako.org/sadakostory.htm

      Don't miss the page on Dr. Floyd Shmoe and the Seattle Peace Park.

      Dan

      Question: Is this truly a sacred site? It is the place of one of
      the greatest disasters in human history. Does that make it sacred?
    • Chris
      ... War and destruction certainly doesn t automatically make it sacred. However, a site may become sacred in time due to its gravity. With all the meaning
      Message 2 of 4 , Dec 4, 2004
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        > Question: Is this truly a sacred site? It is the place of one of
        > the greatest disasters in human history. Does that make it sacred?
        >

        War and destruction certainly doesn't automatically make it sacred.
        However, a site may become sacred in time due to its gravity. With all the
        meaning vested in the Peace monument its atmosphere is naturally charged.
        This lends itself to the formation of the sacred, if nothing else.

        But does it inspire? Or just awe-- in the sense of awful.

        The story of the girl is inspiring. She may have vested that site with its
        sacred seed: leave it to a young girl to do that, eh. ; ) Like the lily
        that is beautiful BECAUSE it is so utterly fragile...

        So "no" to the monument; "yes" to the girl.

        Good question, Dan. Way to lead a discussion.

        -Chris
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