Buddhism Pagodas In Xishuangbanna
numerous and various Buddhism pagodas in Xishuangbanna create
an attractive sceneney. The most outstanding ones of all are
the black and white brother pagodas -- Manglong White Pagoda
and Black Pagoda in Damenglong.
Seating elegantly on the hill
behind the Menlong Village, Menglong Township,
67 km south of Jinghong is Menglong White Pagoda,
while his brother, the Black Pagoda in Damenglong
is located on a small hill, west of Damenglong
Township and 73 km from the Jinghong City.
Menglong White Pagoda
calls Manfeilong Pagoda. In the Dai language,
it also calls Tanuozhuanglong, means a pagoda
in the shape of the head of a giant bamboo shoot.
Constructed in 1203 (565 in the Dai calendar),
it is an ancient building of Theravada Buddhism.
Legend has it that it was designed by three monks
from India and the design was executed under the
sponsorship of the chieftain of Menglong named
Hubananpi. The main pagoda measures 16.29 m. and
is surrounded by 8 pagodas on the sides, like
a group of children nestling around the mother.
The whole pagoda group is composed of the base,
the alter, the bell support, the upturned bowl,
the lotus flower, the banana leaf, the umbrefla
adorned with pearls and gems, and the weather
cock, altogether 8 sections. The diameter of base
measures 8.6 m., and is designated one of the
units of cultural relics under the protection
of the province. The bodies of the pagodas are
white in color, whereas the tops are all golden.
The White Pagoda is famous at home and in southeast
Asian countries for the half of footprint 80 cm
long and 58 cm wide, which said to be left by
Sakyamuni, the founder of the Buddhist religion.
The White Pagoda is a key cultural relics under
in 1204 (566 in the Dai calendar), the Black Pagoda was originally
of black appearance upon completion. It is a calabash-shaped
hexahedron. The 18-meter high and 7-storey pagoda embraced
with eight colored clay dragons. In the past 800 years, it
has been painted several times, and now it is of silver white
appearance. The Black Pagoda is also famous at home and abroad
for a footprint 160 cm long and 60 cm wide left by deity Pazhao
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