|The Buddha, Statue of Liberty (USA), The Motherland Calls (Russia), Redeemer (Brazil) [W]|
Is bigger better?
|Mountaintop Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong (rmonty119/flickr)|
|Smaller Afghan Buddha|
|Is Liberty a freed slave? (USS)|
[Scholar Dr. Joy DeGruy points out that the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor is shackled by broken ankle chains signifying our history of enslaving Africans and others, yet nearly no American knows it because the truth is kept hidden by the Nat'l Park Service].
|India's future biggest Buddha? (Maitreya)|
In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was a symbol of democracy and Enlightenment ideals. It was also a celebration of the Union's Civil War victory and our [official] abolition of slavery. Edouard de Laboulaye first proposed the idea of a great monument as a gift from France. He was a firm supporter of Pres. Lincoln's fight for abolition. For he saw it as a way to eliminate immorality and a means of protesting repressive tendencies in France. More