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Religion of Light was LWII: The Euroclones Strike Back!

From:Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Date:Thursday, June 19, 2003, 22:03
--- "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...> wrote:

> Though it seems probably the the Emperor who > gave > them Imperial recognition, either Gaozu or > Taizong
> (I forget which), only did so because he was > under > the impression that this weird little group was > just > one of countless indigenous Daoist sects,
Considering that it was touted as the religion of the "Great Western Empire", I rather doubt he thought they were indigenous. Anyway, I doubt this religion could pass as orthodox in any way - it seems to occupy a middle ground of sorts.
> and > he was > interested in hyping the credentials of the > person > he claimed as ancestor, Laozi.
> When they received > an imperial audience, it's clear they played up > the > similarities between Daoism and (Nestorian) > Christianity hoping for precisely that effect.
Well, I don't see any particular problem with that. They continued to have such favour for quite a while - plenty of time in which to discern anything that would cause their fall from favour.
> > Quite a few relics have been found as > > well. The steles were long known; but a trove > of > > manuscripts, some religious art, and > apparently > > an oriental styled icon of Jesus are also > extant. > > I seem to recall the Pagoda most closely > associated > with the Religion of Light had specifically a > relief > of Mary holding the infant Jesus in her arms, > tucked > away in the corner of one of the upper levels > of the > pagoda (whence its not being subsequently > destroyed).
Yes. The relief itself is damaged, though; and the pagoda itself is not in tiptop shape either. Padraic. ===== Et ters davigaint deck y yaithes 'n el drichlend le Roy Markon; y cestes d' ils yspoil morès y ddew chaumèz e-z-el tons l' organón. .


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>