History and Culture of the World Heritage Site of Bamiyan
|The lecture meeting|
MWU held a lecture titled gHistory and Culture of the World Heritage Site of Bamiyan\Description of its Past, Present and Futureh inviting Professor Emeritus Kosaku Maeda of Wako University as a lecturer.
Prof. Maeda first gave a brief history since the foundation of Afghanistan from the period of principality, republic, Soviet invasion and withdrawal, Taliban rule and vandalism (destruction of Great Buddha) to the end of war and postwar. And we could recognize the importance of Japanfs efforts being made in cooperation with UNESCO to restore the culture of Afghanistan. Prof. Maeda also introduced the ancient history of Afghanistan as cultural crossroads, which was influenced by the cultures of Greece, Persia and other neighboring countries showing a lot of pictures of excavations. Then, Prof. Maeda, based on the precious materials, commented on the caves, murals and Buddhist statues of Bamiyan including their conditions before and after the Taliban-led vandalism, which he has been studying over half a century. It was a valuable opportunity to understand how important it is for Japan to take the initiative in the cooperative effort to revitalize the culture of Afghanistan hereafter.
|Lecture by Professor Emeritus Kosaku Maeda|
|A model of gBamiyan Museum/Culture Centerh (in the front), the architectural designing of which is being tackled at the department of architecture of MWU.|
|Murals before the destruction by Taliban being explained|
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