A new exhibition was opened in The National Museum of Afghanistan on 29th April 2012. This exhibition that is entitled "Buddhist Heritage of Afghanistan" is depecting a very important part of our history, the Buddhism which has been practiced in Afghanistan for more than 1000 years. Buddhism in Afghanistan trace back to the middle of 3rd century CE and started fading with the arrival of Islam in the 7th century AD. During that long period Buddhism was practiced in Afghanistan along with other native religions. However, Buddhism had the largest number of followers, and sometimes was supproted by some kings of different dynasties that ruled Afghanistan.
Xuan Zang, the Chinese pilgrim who visited Afghanistan in the first half of the 7th century AD has pointed of several Buddhist Monastries and Stupas in different parts of Afghanistan.
The exhibition "Buddhist Heritage of Afghanistan" consists of artifacts and remains found in Buddhist monastries especially south Hindu Kush Montains. By displaying these artifacts with accompanying texts, The National Museum of Afghanistan aims to introduce the life of the historic Buddha, and the history and culture of Buddhism in Afghanistan to the audience.
The exhibition is made by initiative of Ministry of Information and Culture and National Museum of Afghanistan, and was financed by CIE (Centre for International Heritage Activities) of Dutch Government. The exhibition is open to the visitors of museum according to the museum's schedule.
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