Buddhist artefacts discovered in central China


Share post:

Archaeologists have discovered five precious sariras, believed to be collected from the cremated ashes of Buddhist masters, at an ancient tomb in central China’s Hubei Province.

Buddhist artefacts discovered in central China
Archaeologists have discovered five precious sariras at an ancient tomb
 in central China’s Hubei Province [Credit: rmzxb.com]

It is very rare to find sariras in a tomb, as they are usually unearthed at Buddhist temples, Chen Qianwan, head of the archaeology institute of Xiangyang City, said on Tuesday.

The bead-shaped holy objects usually are kept in sacred containers. The most recent find was embedded on the top of a tomb belonging to an official from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) at the foot of the Xianshan Mountain in Xiangyang, according to Chen.

The largest of the sariras has a diameter of about 3 centimeters. In the light, they vary in color from red, purple, blue, cyan and orange.

The objects were found in late December and later identified by prestigious monks and researchers as sariras. They believe the owner of the tomb was a Buddhist.

The findings will be kept in the city’s museum.

Source: Xinhua News [January 13, 2015]



Related articles

Merging galaxies illuminate the cosmic food chain

Scientists studying a ‘twin’ of the Milky Way have used the W. M. Keck Observatory and Subaru Observatory...

Artefacts shed light on 16th century Cardiff

Artefacts excavated from Bute Park could help our understanding of Cardiff's role in the 16th Century, archaeologists say. The...

Glacial history affects shape and growth habit of Alpine plants

During the Ice Ages the European Alps were covered by a thick layer of ice. Climate fluctuations led...

Ancient shrine that may hold Buddha’s skull bone found in China

A team of archaeologists may have attained enlightenment inside a 1,000-year-old Chinese chest. A skull bone of the Buddha...

Vat Phou temple’s ancient history

In the fifth century, Champasak was thought to be the centre of the Laotian universe. Today it's a...

Lush Venus? Searing Earth? It could have happened

If conditions had been just a little different an eon ago, there might be plentiful life on Venus...

Saiga antelopes much more flexible than originally thought

Senckenberg scientists have discovered that the Saiga Antelope, which is currently threatened with extinction, used to be much...

Medieval Spanish farmers may have skinned cats for pagan rituals

Farmers skinned cats about 1,000 years ago in Spain, possibly for the medieval cat-fur industry or a "magical"...