|Golden lamas in space (akasha-deva-loka) garb (Frank Jones/faj2323/flickr)|
|An overview of Amarbayasgalant Monastery, with a large golden statue of the Buddha in the foreground (Frank Jones/flickr.com)|
|The "pleasure-dome" Buddhist stupa on the fertile ground (Frank Jones/faj2323/flickr)|
|Kubla Khan (theromantics.weebly.com)|
|Kubla Khan (alicedraws)|
Kublai Khan was in faraway Asia, which centered around a stupa (chorten) or Buddhist burial mound. This reliquary Coleridge referred to as a "pleasure-dome" with caves of ice in arguably his most intriguing and acclaimed work:
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poetryfoundation.org)
|Xanadu of Coleridge's imagining or Purchas' writing with a peace pagoda (jazbalive.com)|
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
- Q: Hey, Seven, why don't you write a poem about the real Xanadu in Bamiyan?
- A: Way ahead of you guys, "Shakya Clan," and instead of Xanadu, Kapilav'u.
|Scythian hats, blue eyes like the Buddha (faj2323/flickr)|
|Scythian "Sun Emperor"|
- A Shakyan/Scythian Warrior Princess: "The Golden Maiden" (Issyk Kurgan, originally mislabelled as "Golden Man" but whose frame suggests it was a female) would seem to be Coleridge's hallucinated "Damsel with a dulcimer" in the second half of the poem:
[a reference to John Milton's Paradise Lost]
To such a deep delight 'twould win me
That I would build that pleasure dome in air
That all who heard should see it there...
|Blue and green eyed Central Asians are not uncommon even today (Blue_agava/flickr.com)|
The Buddha said it of himself -- in The Story of the Lineage (Nidana Katha, translated by Rhys Davids and included in his Jataka Tales work, Buddhist Birth-Stories) -- that he was of the "solar race," a noble (aryan), which was taken in India to mean a kshatriya (warrior)-caste nobleman (royal).
|Eurasian Middle Eastern Indo-Scythians? (TIC)|
|Boudanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal|
Clearly sudden advancements come to Earth not from Earth but from more mysterious origins, then everyone tries to take credit for them as created by their group.
|Map of Indo-European migrations from ca. 4000 to 1000 BCE according to the Kurgan model. The Anatolian migration (indicated with a dotted arrow) could have taken place either across the Caucasus or across the Balkans. The magenta area corresponds to the assumed Urheimat (Samara culture, Sredny Stog culture), the red to the area that may have been settled by Indo-European-speaking peoples up to ca. 2500 BCE, when Buddhism began, and the orange area by 1000 BC (wiki).|