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Kushana Empire: Art of Buddhist Central Asia
August 8, 2008
by mitch pond through Rev. Dr. James Kenneth Powell II, opensourcebuddhism.org
This very artistic piece introduces us to the unique style of the city of Mathura during the period of the Kushana Central Asian Buddhist Empire circa 2nd century BCE to the 4th century CE. Very vivid examples here with a sensitive treatment of that mysterious empire about which few are aware, which was the cauldron of miscegenation that produced the Mahayana tradition. Also, this Scythian, Greek and "Turkic" Yueh-Chi people, was one of the most mixed and remarkable empires the world has ever known, as large as the Roman Empire in its day. Alas, Islam wiped out that culture but have no fear: it lived on in China serving as the hub of the Silk Road.