Re: Name that Sacred Site -Sadako
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> This sacred site has among other shrines one with a vaulted dome
> the statue of a 12 year old girl. Sadako believed that if she madeso
> 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
> that she could be buried with 1000 cranes.The site is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
> Name that sacred site.
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.
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?
> Question: Is this truly a sacred site? It is the place of one ofWar and destruction certainly doesn't automatically make it sacred.
> the greatest disasters in human history. Does that 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.