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Kamakura Great Buddha
Japan

Kamakura Great Buddha.

Definition from Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamakura_Great_Buddha

Kōtoku-in (高徳院) is a Buddhist temple of the Jōdo shū sect in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.


The temple is renowned for the Great Buddha (大仏 daibutsu?), a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha which is one of the most famous icons of Japan. The statue stands at 13.35 meters high and weighs approximately 93 tons.

The statue probably dates from 1252, in the Kamakura period, when temple records report the construction of a bronze statue. However, it is unclear whether that is the present statue. The statue was built inside a wooden temple, but that building washed away in the tsunami of September 20th, 1498 during the Muromachi period.The statue remains.

The statue is referred to as "The Buddha at Kamakura" in several verses that preface the initial chapters of the novel Kim by Rudyard Kipling (1901). The verses were taken from the poem of the same name the writer wrote after visiting Kamakura in 1892. The poem appears in its entirety in "The Five Nations" of 1903.

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Tags: kamakura; japan; tokyo; kotoku; shrine; temple; buddha; great; statue
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