Monday, January 11, 2010

Day 230 - The Burning Unk


one word that embodies everything you can say about the photo. The Burning Monk, taken by Malcolm W. Browne.

"A Buddhist monk from the Linh-Mu Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in downtown Saigon, Vietnam, on June 11, 1963. His name was Thich Quang Duc. Witnesses say that Thich Quang Duc and two fellow monks arrived at the intersection by car, Thich Quang Duc was seen getting out of the car, seating himself in the traditional lotus position and the accompanying monks helped him pour gasoline over himself. He ignited the gasoline by lighting a match and burned to death in a matter of minutes. "

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he was protesting the oppression by then Vietnamese government which were run by the catholic church, who had set a ban on the flight of Buddhist flags, and even imprisoning monks

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