Five hundred million followers of Buddha find solace and worship in looking toward one of the thousands of statues depicting Buddha or the bodhisattva Guanyin. It is no wonder that eight out of the ten (Fifteen out of the top twenty as well) tallest statues in the world are images of these Buddhist enlightened beings.
The tallest sculpture, the Spring Temple Buddha in Lushan, Henan, China, is truly massive, standing 420 feet tall. In comparison, the Statue of liberty, at 151 foot tall can barely put her torch to the Buddha’s waist.
Who else dedicates the money and effort it takes to build monuments in this class? The fifth tallest, a 348 foot tall sculpture, is the political monument in memory to the emperors Yan and Huang of China. The eighth tallest is the 315 foot tall discombobulated sculpture memorializing Peter I of Russia and his contribution to building the Russian navy. The twelfth tallest, The Motherland Calls in Volgograd, Russia is a war memorial commemorating the battle of Stalingrad in which two million people lost their lives. It stands 279 feet tall. Eighteenth on the list is also a Russian monument; another depiction of Mother Russia, this time a 203 foot tall stainless steel figure. It too is a war memorial. Then again, we have Buddhist shrines filling in the remaining top contenders until you reach the 27th record holder, The African Renaissance Monument in Dakar at 161 feet.
As you can see, the Buddhists love to pay homage to their holly ones. A few others around the world are proud to show their devotion as well in these, should we say, “Monumental sized memorials. “ We hope that the Statue of Providence will one day find its place (somewhere around the 36th tallest) as a great visual reminder of our success at and resolution to continue to do good works.
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