Wednesday, April 29, 2015

1,000 years of religious history—gone in 60 seconds

By Kimberely Winston
A monk carrying chairs walks out from the damaged monastery at Swayambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after Saturday’s earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
NEPAL---In one minute, the April 25 earthquake in Nepal toppled, destroyed and damaged a millennium of religious history. What religious buildings were damaged, and which ones are gone? What religious significance did these buildings have and to whom? Will they be rebuilt? Can they be? About 80 percent of Nepalese are Hindu, making it the second-largest Hindu nation outside of India, with about 2 percent of the global total. But the small, mountainous country is also the birthplace of the Buddha and home to Muslims and Christians, too. [link]